“There is no use of elections if the results are already decided,” says PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
- PPP Chairman Bilawal warned against pre-scheduled elections.
- He says that he will only accept the country’s decision in the elections.
- However, Zardari seems confident about transparent elections.
Statements by top leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) regarding the credibility of the upcoming elections clearly indicate a contradiction in the party’s policy as Asif Ali Zardari is optimistic about transparent elections, while his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is optimistic about the results. Raise concerns about manipulation and rigging.
A day after PPP co-chairman Zardari said the country was moving towards transparent elections, PPP Chairman Bilawal hinted that the outcome of the election could be predetermined.
Amid PPP’s call for a “level playing field”, Zardari recently said in a statement, “The country is moving towards transparent elections.” Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Addressing a rally in Nowshera on Monday, Bilawal reiterated his demand for transparent elections and warned that his party would not accept the elections if anyone interfered in the results.
“Two-thirds majority of parties say they have reached an agreement [regarding upcoming set up]“Bilawal said without elaborating on who had made the deal with whom.
Bilawal warned, “There is no use of elections if the results are already decided.” He said that if someone becomes the prime minister, then others will protest and sit in against the newly formed government.
Pakistan has a history of parties not accepting the results and alleging outside interference after the results were announced, with winning candidates saying the elections were transparent.
“We will only accept the people’s choice, not anyone else’s,” Bilawal said. He said the only solution to take the country out of this quagmire is “transparent elections”.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced February 8, 2024 as the date for general elections across the country, with the PML-N also holding meetings with politicians to strengthen its position ahead of the elections.
In a similar stance, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has also called for a level playing field, saying that the authorities are not allowing the party to campaign as its president Imran Khan is imprisoned.
However, the PPP has also recently stated that the credibility of the election will not be questioned if the PTI is not allowed to participate.