- The presiding officer who fled last week carrying ballot bags in the Wazirabad by-election has been identified as Liaquat Ali Bhatta.
- Bhatta denies voting fraud allegations, claiming his life is “still in danger”
- In the video, a voice can be heard emphasizing what Liaquat Ali Bhatta has to say in his statement
- The voice that News Unable to independently verify, has made the matter even more suspicious
LAHORE: A video of the presiding officer of Wazirabad, who was allegedly caught running away with bags of votes, allegedly instructed someone behind the camera in a recent statement to tell the man what to do. Which comes a few days after the by-elections. Controversy but the matter is just and complicated.
Identifying himself as Liaquat Ali Bhatta, the controversial presiding officer’s comments have opened a new Pandora’s box.
In the video, a voice can be heard telling Bhutto what to say in his statement, guiding him with words and sentences. The voice that News Unable to independently verify, has made the matter even more suspicious.
In his video statement, Bhatta identified himself as the presiding officer of a polling station in Wazirabad and said some people had been “pressuring him to help him all day”.
The presiding officer denied allegations of vote rigging, claiming that he had been abducted by gunmen, snatched his ballot box, threatened with death, and surrounded on the streets.
He said his life was “still in danger”, and appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar and Prime Minister Imran Khan for help.
During the by-elections on February 19, a video went viral in which some people caught the presiding officer fleeing with a bag of votes. Despite being asked several times where he was going with a bag full of votes, he remained silent.