Exclusive: Election Commission accepts application of Riaz Fatyana on rigging

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Election Commission of Pakistan accepted the application of Riaz Fatyana, former two times MNA  and Minister for Education and Finance Punjab, for the revival of his election petition against Ch Assad ur Rehman Ramday. Riaz Fatyana challenged the result of general elections of May 2013 and filed an election Petition in July 2013.

Riaz Fatyana claimed that present MNA’s real brother and retired judge of the Supreme Court Justice Khalil ur Rehman Ramday managed to change the result with the connivance of then returning officer in NA 94 Additional Session Judge Abid Hussain and later on Additional Session Judge Salman Baig.

Respondent MNA Ch Assad ur Rehman Ramday obtained a stay order from Lahore High Court against proceedings of Election Tribunal Faisalabad in December 2013 and was able to prolong the stay order for around three years. File of stay order was misplaced from the office of High Court. Meanwhile Ramday family managed to withdraw contract of Election Tribunal Faisalabad Mr. Mahboobi and the case was transferred to Multan. Where again they managed to get contract appointment of their relative named retired Session Judge Shahid Rafique from Sahiwal and he disposed of the election Petition of Riaz Fatyana without any proceeding during stay order of the high court.

This is the only pending election petition of general elections of May 2013 in Pakistan on the first stage of Election Tribunal. Riaz Fatyana claimed that he was elected in NA 94 third time as an independent candidate in 2013. But, the result was changed on the computer. Only recounting of the ballot papers can declare his position as a winning candidate. Riaz Fatyana said that continuity of ghost and rigged elections can destroy the trust of people on democracy, the judicial system and human rights in the country.

Article 10-A of the Constitution of Pakistan gives guarantees from the State for free, fair and transparent judicial proceedings. No nation can survive without justice. There is a need for a revival of ethics and values based society in the country.

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