Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fraud fears haunt Pakistan vote

Al-Jazeera, Feb. 16, 2008

Campaigning will come to an end
on Saturday[AFP]

Pakistan's opposition parties have lodged thousands of complaints of cheating ahead of next week's general elections.

Speaking on Al Jazeera's Frost Over the World programme, Imran Khan, a leading opposition politician said: "It is impossible, a joke, to call this election even remotely free and fair.

"All the opposition parties, feel that on polling day there will be massive rigging.
"But already what is called pre-poll rigging is going on at a massive scale. The entire state machinery is involved in a campaign for the government candidates."

Opposition leaders Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have promised street protests if they are robbed of victory.
Heightening fraud fears is the release of a tape in which Malik Qayyum, the Pakistani attorney-general, is purportedly heard saying that Monday's elections will be rigged.

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