Lahore: PML-N and PPP, the war for votes in Lahore’s NA-133 has gone beyond the constituency to social media, where a viral video appears to show voters being bribed by party members.
Both parties have blamed each other’s workers for the alleged move.
PML-N registered a complaint with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stating that the PPP is “buying off votes in the constituency”.
The party alleged that the PPP is taking sworn testimonies from the “bought” voters and distributing Rs2,000 per person.
Meanwhile, PPP noted that such videos are doing the rounds on social media, saying that “the clips are being made to go viral by both parties”.
The party said that it had not issued directives to anyone to give any entity any money.
Meanwhile, PTI Senator Ejaz Chaudhary also shared a video on Twitter, with the caption stating: “The true face of the PML-N has been exposed.”
According to Chaudhary, in the video, women voters are being paid for their votes and a sworn testimony is being obtained from them.
“This is why they are against EVMs (electronic voting machines),” he wrote.
The Election Commission of Pakistan took notice of the viral video allegedly showing voters being bribed.
The constituency’s returning officer sent a notice to the deputy commissioner of Lahore and the inspector general of police and asked them to respond by November 30.
A notice was also sent to the National Database and Registration Authority chairman and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority chairman, both of whom have been asked to respond with the information sought by November 30.
The lower house seat from Lahore fell vacant due to the death of PML-N MNA Pervaiz Malik, who died on October 11 due to heart-related complications.
By-election on the seat is due on December 5.