Imran Khan fears Pakistan elections may be rigged, urges voters to come out in large numbers

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ISLAMABAD: Former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, who is giving a tough fight to ousted and convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), fears that the Pakistan general elections on July 25 may be rigged as it was allegedly in 2013. Imran Khan urged people to come out and vote in large numbers in the spirit of transparent elections, according to a Dawn report.

While parties like Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and PML-N claims that Khan’s party is being favoured this time, PTI and its supporters are hoping that the 2018 General elections will be fair. Khan’s PTI may have a better chance of winning these elections if they secure a stronghold in Punjab. The timing for Sharif’s conviction in a corruption case has shifted people’s support to the rival party whereas PML-N is trying to maintain a stronghold under Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz Sharif’s leadership.

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been more strict in this election. According to Dawn, PTI is fully satisfied with the ECP and believes that the commission will conduct elections in a free and transparent manner.

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