A senior official claims to have personally overseen vote-rigging in Pakistani elections

A week after votes clouded by charges of manipulation produced no clear winner, a top official admitted on Saturday that he had assisted in manipulating Pakistan’s elections.

Commissioner of the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where the nation’s formidable military has its headquarters, Liaqat Ali Chattha, said he would turn himself in to the police.

When the nation’s mobile phone network was shut down by the authorities on election day and the counting process took more than twenty-four hours, there have been several accusations of election tampering.

In order to create the next government, the army-backed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), lacking a majority, has partnered with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and a few other minor parties.

Chattha said that before to resigning from his position, he personally oversaw the manipulation of ballots in Rawalpindi.

“We converted the losers into winners, reversing margins of 70,000 votes in 13 national assembly seats,” he said to reporters.

“I will turn myself in to the police for committing this horrible crime,” he said, naming the nation’s top judge and the chairman of the electoral commission as well.

The electoral commission said in a statement that it will “hold an enquiry” despite rejecting Chattha’s accusations.

Following Chattha’s declaration, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a well-known advocacy organization, said that the “state bureaucracy’s involvement in rigging in Pakistan is beginning to be exposed.”

Most of the seats in Rawalpindi were won by candidates from the PML-N and PPP, defeating those who supported imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan, who was the focus of a massive crackdown.

On Saturday, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party said that it will hold rallies throughout the country over the alleged cheating.

PTI received more votes than any other party despite defying a months-long crackdown that destroyed its campaigns and made its candidates run as independents.

However, it has shown little willingness to forge an alliance with its rivals, which has allowed the PML-N to establish the next administration.

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