ECP probes into ‘vote buying’ by candidate in Multan

ECP probes into ‘vote buying’ by candidate in Multan

PML-N candidate attempted to buy votes

The Pakistani Election Commission (PEC) on Tuesday took note of reports on social media that the PML-N candidate attempted to buy votes, and that a Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) candidate held a car rally without the necessary authorization for the by-election in the PP-217, Multan-VII, provincial assembly constituency. 

candidate Mr. Salman Naeem is engaged in corrupt practices

District Monitoring Officer Haider Riaz instructed an assistant commissioner to look into the claims that PML-N candidate Salman Naeem was engaging in vote-buying practises by providing one motorcycle for every 20 votes, and further instructed other monitoring team members to do the same. In a letter to the assistant commissioner and the monitoring officer for PP-217, DMO Riaz stated, “It has come to the knowledge of the undersigned through social media that contending candidate Mr. Salman Naeem is engaged in corrupt practices in the constituency PP-217, Multan-VII.” 

He cited online reports that said Mr. Naeem was attempting to win support by promising one motorcycle in exchange for 20 votes on social media. It should be highlighted that such a practise is considered corrupt, and he continued, “immediate investigation on the matter is essential.” 

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Zahid Hameed Gujjar, a TLP candidate for PP-217 in the same district, received a notice from DMO Riaz for organising a car rally without getting approval from the appropriate authorities. On Wednesday (today), the officer called Mr. Gujjar in for an explanation and let him know that, according to the election code of conduct, a candidate needs the district administration’s prior approval before holding rallies or other public gatherings. 

The DMO for Muzaffargarh also observed what appeared to be supporters of a candidate in PP-273 shooting shots into the air. 

The officer asked for a thorough report from the deputy commissioner and Muzaffargarh district police officer before directing them to promptly arrest the suspects.

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