Chakdara: Fake ballot papers recovered, 3 held
CHAKDARA: The security forces recovered some 90,000 fake ballot papers from a car and arrested three persons near the Chakdara checkpost in Lower Dir district, local sources said on Sunday. The sources said the security forces handed over the car and the accused to the Chakdara Police Station. It was learnt that the car was going to Lower Dir from Peshawar.
The district election commissioner and the returning officers of all the four provincial assembly constituencies arrived at the police station after learning about recovery of the fake ballot papers, the sources said.
The arrested persons were identified as Suleman Shah, Izazul Haq and Habibullah, who is said to be the owner of a printing press. Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Lower Dir chapter’s secretary information Malik Sher Bahadur Khan, former nazim Shafiullah, Imran Khan and others said that the ballot papers had been printed by the owner of the printing press to train the women voters.
They said the ballet papers carrying the election symbols of all the political parties were to be used for training women voters, who were expected to cast their votes in the upcoming election in large numbers.
The JI leaders said that it was not fair to link the recovery of the ballot papers to their party and claimed the “drama” had been staged by their rivals to defame the party as they were foreseeing defeat in the May 11 polls.
They said that official of the election commission and the police had also said the ballot papers were not fake, rather these were just samples. They pointed out that the non–governmental organisation usually use such papers to educate the women about voting.