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PML N To Continue Protest Against Election Rigging: Hamza

Lahore (September 04, 2018): Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Hamza Shehbaz Sharif said that PML N came in the house despite of reservations over rigging but our party will continue protest against it.

Speaking to the media after casting his vote in the presidential election, Hamza Shehbaz said that opposition must have come up with joint candidate for the Presidential election.

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He said that PML N will continue its protest against the rigging.

He vowed to hold Prime Minister Imran Khan to his promise of assistance in probing alleged rigging in the 2018 general election.

Hamza said that his party would not let PM Khan avoid a proposed parliamentary commission’s probe into allegations of rigging in the July 25 polls.

He alleged that the 2018 general election had been the most-rigged polls in the country’s history and this would not be “digested”.

He said that Federal Information Technology Minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui had described it as a “fake election”, and that the former caretaker chief minister in Punjab had expressed similar views.Hamza said that the PML-N would play its due parliamentary role to unearth the facts behind the alleged “theft of mandate”.

During the first session of the 17th Punjab Assembly, Hamza Shahbaz had raised the opposition’s demand for constituting a parliamentary commission to investigate ‘rigging’ in July 25 elections. He raised questions over the failure of the Results Transmission System of the Election Commission of Pakistan to function as required, and alleged that “the RTS did not fail but it was manipulated to get desired results”.

Earlier, Hamza’s father and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday lamented the failure of opposition to field joint candidate for the presidential election.Talking to reporters during the presidential polls, the former Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) vowed to make efforts to keep the opposition on same page in future.

“Unfortunately the opposition could not agree upon one presidential candidate,” he said.

Sharif also added that he tried well to field a joint single presidential candidate but it couldn’t be done so.

Earlier, Shehbaz Sharif presided PML N’s parliamentary party meeting before Presidential Election, which is underway in National Assembly, Senate and all four provincial Assemblies.

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Voting for presidential election started at 10am at NA, Senate and all the provincial assemblies and will continue till 4pm.

Apart from PTI’s Alvi, the PPP’s Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat-e-Ulema (F) chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman are also in the race. The joint Opposition was to field a single candidate, however, no consensus had been reached on a joint Opposition nominee.

Pakistan’s President is elected indirectly through an electoral college, comprising the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies – Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Every member of the National Assembly has one vote while the four provincial assemblies are assigned an equal weight with the smallest, the Balochistan Assembly, serving as the base.

The newly-elected president of Pakistan will take oath on September 9.

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