QUETTA - Rejecting May 11 polls, majority of political parties in Balochistan have demanded fresh polls in the province, saying the establishment rigged elections to bring certain parties to power.

The demand was made during an All Party Conference (APC) organised by JUI-Ideological at MPAs hostel here on Wednesday and announced to launch a protest movement from May 26. Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party and National Party kept out of this meeting.

JUI-ideological central leader Asmatullah, Ahle Sunnat wal Jamat Balochistan leader Muhammad Ramzan Mengal, Balochistan National Party-Mengal leader Agha Hassan Baloch, Muhammad Qasim Khan Soori of PTI, Naveed Ahmed of Jahmoori Watan Party, PML-N district level leader Malik Abdul Rahim and others expressed their resolve for re-election in Balochistan. They said they did not have trust in the Election Commission Tribunals, adding that an impartial and autonomous commission, comprising a Supreme Court judge, should investigate the misappropriations in the elections. “ECP miserably failed to protect and implement its rules and regulations across country generally and particularly in Balochistan,” they said, adding that hidden forces, polling staff and others connived to turn a particular ethnic group successful in the elections.

They said that Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G Ebrahim had ensured them during his visit to Quetta that no bogus votes would be cast and if any proof of a single bogus vote was produced, stern action would be taken against the relevant Returning Officer, Presiding Officer and other staff.

Despite massive rigging and provision of proof of the foul play to the ECP, no action was taken, they maintained.

“Chief Justice of Pakistan should take suo moto notice of this,” they demanded. They demanded formation of a judicial commission comprising of a judge of apex court which could award stern punishment to the elements involved in misappropriations in the elections. They also demanded stringent action by ECP against the registration of candidates of one constituency into another and utilisation of fake NICs.

They accused Nadra of collaborating in the rigging and alleged that the security forces, instead of providing security, worked as facilitators of the cheaters. “Therefore, we demand a re-election in the province on all the constituencies and announce to launch a protest movement from May 26 against the rigging,” the members of APC unanimously resolved.