LAHORE: The by-polls scheduled for tomorrow are important for major political parties not only because 16 national and 26 provincial seats will be up for grabs across the country, but also because the results will confirm or weaken the voting patterns and trends produced by the May 11 election.
The by-polls are being organised less than three-and-a-half months after the general election whose credibility has been questioned by many parties, especially by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
The PTI, which has already requested the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Supreme Court to order “forensic” verification of the ballots cast in the four national seats in Punjab, including one in Lahore, plans to release its white paper a day before polling for the by-elections to press with its rigging charges. The PTI, which had predicted a rout of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and its own rise as the single largest party to the National Assembly in the May election, says it has learnt its lessons and would not let anyone cheat it again.
“The PTI will win the next election even in the presence of “biased referees”.