Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed his reservations over the conduct of the by-elections, held on 11 NA and 24 provincial assembly seats on Sunday.
Abbasi is contesting the by-election on PML-N’s ticket for NA-124.
“An army soldier inside polling station is checking every voter’s documents, another is standing beside polling booth. Both have no authority to do so,” Abbasi complained while speaking to SAMAA TV at a polling station.
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“I asked from every presiding officer that whether they have any authority. They said ‘we have no authority here’. They [military personnel] are operating under their own rules,” he said.
“This situation has never been witnessed before the 2018 elections. The election commission has repeatedly been informed about it but they haven’t taken any action,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, election commission director general rejected Abbasi’s statement. He said that the presiding officer is the in-charge of a polling station, whereas military personnel only ensure security.