Elections 2008 – Rigging Inc.

Elections 2008 Pakistan,Karachi. An ordinary citizen shares his experience of elections 2008. I present you the story as it was emailed to me. This in no ways means others parties are angels. I would love to hear other honest accounts of incidents. Please feel free to put your story in KMB suggest story section.

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[ General Elections 2008 are now closed for polling. Soon, we will have the results and the usual violence which follows such announcements. And everyone is sure that the elections would be massively rigged in favor of the King’s parties.

To see for myself the rigging process I went out today with my friend, another KMB reader. First, we went to Gulshan-e-Iqbal NA-251 and PA-161 and later to PECHS. At both these places I could see lot of MQM men voting again and again. I wondered, wow how easily did they do it so openly?

I wanted the same adventure . . . & i got one

The Background:- http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/febmb/Photograph%201-thumb.jpg

One method is simple and maybe a bit legal. One person from the home carries all the ID cards of his family members, uncles and aunties and votes for each of them. So in a way lot of people sit at home and vote through a proxy. And no one really objects. There is another method to vote, one which we call rigging. Here, various votes are cast of those citizens who are unlikely to appear. That is done in two major steps. Both I saw today.

One, where a vote is given to various political men and women to cast of people who are not here at the station. For example, I am not likely to go so someone else will vote. Second method is to wait and see. That’s done till 4 pm. After that, the entire list is checked. And the votes are cast of all those people who were absent. This is a safer method as compared to the first. As the time for polling is 5 pm.

I am sure the turnout wasn’t even 10 %. So you can imagine the level of rigging that would take place now and that would take place while counting. For my vote, I wasted one (Photograph 1) and voted for a rickshaw (Photograph 2). As for my real vote, I am not a registered citizen. So I voted on another ID (Photograph 3)

The Story
http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/febmb/Photograph%202-thumb.jpg

I was horrified to note that the man behind the counter, obviously a MQM sympathizer, informed me that I didn’t exist. Well, I have been here for last 26 years and I was negatively amused to hear that. So I told him that I mean business by which I mean voting. He sent me to another tent where more this party men were seated. And a place where I was supposed to cast my vote.

That man wasn’t impressed when I told him that my area designated number was 701 and that it was the number marked on the area map, which was in the tent of bhai log. He asked me to be patient. And meanwhile he flipped and flapped his files.

Sorry sir, no ID matches your, he told me matter-of-fact. Too bad. I told him that I was here to vote and won’t go away without doing so. So he gave me the number of a girl whom I called. And she told me that I must go to the meritorious school and meet someone there.

I went inside and told the man. He told me that his name is Kashif, that I can return to the tent and name him and that I will get my katchi parchi, a term invented by Rigging committee of MQM on 18th Feb, 2008, which indicates that you may vote even if you don’t exist. Election Commission of Pakistan may go to hell like other politicians.

I went, told the man that Kashif bhai has sent me. He promptly disappeared behind the gates, returned soon, was sweating and handed over my ID card to someone more senior (and presumably an expert). That man, whose name I wasn’t told, opened his register in broad daylight, wrote down the ID number of a certain Mr. Umer Farooq (may ALLAH grant him life and property) with an ID number: 51778504817. I was asked to show only this magical parchi and not to show my ID card at the voting counter number 1.

I went inside the Meritorious school once again, asked my friend Raja to ready his camera, and told the friend of Kashif bhai to allot me the place in the hall of the shameful. The rigging had begun. May ALLAH help us in future elections!

I cast my vote in the name of ALLAH and in the card of Mr. Umer Farooq with such confidence that even the man behind the table was impressed. And with camera clicking at my every move, voting came out pretty well.

I, A. Hamza, honorable citizen of Pakistan (one who does not exist in the records of Election Commission of Pakistan), was voting openly in the name of some other individual who had by design not bothered to appear under the scorching sun.

Maybe I am allowed some emotions here. I did all this to prove how easy its in Pakistan, that too in Karachi in broad day light in 21st century, to do an adventure known as rigging. ]

75 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    TAa -KING – as in Talking ! :)

    Adnan who won in north nazimabad BOTH FARHAT & ALI MOHAMMED SHAH ! or some Ganj Pahar ANP dude . ?


  2. insaaf (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:24 pm

    sirf raaj karay ga mohajir!
    MQM jesi bhi ha Hamari ha hamara jeena marna sub MQM k saath ha!
    Paththaan batainge abi subko mazeed phir pata chalayga k MQM kyn zarori ha


  3. SELF (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    MQM hasn’t won any seat outside Sindh. It might be difficult to have an MQM PM in 2013 as MQM envisages. MQM needs to rethink their strategy.


  4. IUnknown (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

    suna hay pathanon kay khilaif operation hoga shorab goth per, if mqm comes in again?

    ALLAH khair karey

    karachi main phir khud-kush hamlay shroo jaingay,
    means pooray mulk main ho jaingay.

    Pakistan on verge of disaster!!!

    1992 operation is much needed again against Mamooli Qeeray Makoras


  5. Balma (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    IUKNOWN:

    Please learn the difference between Q and K when transliterating Urdu or Arabic. Keeray (pest) is with K, Quran is with Q. Do you see this, or is it like Hyderabadis ignorance of difference between Q and Kh? :-)


  6. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

    I am neither a Jamatia nor a Suicide trainee. Both these statements are out of question as my firqah (interpration of Islam) is different from the Jamat-e-Islami.

    As for my name Ameer Hamza, someone commented that it reads like a suicide bomber. Well, it is the name of the Uncle of our lovely Prophet Muhammad (salahu alihi wasalam). Therefore, any comments on name rather than on the nature of ideology is bound to be regarded as a dis-respect to our Prophet and his uncle.

    Don’t do what kafirs have been trying for long. Stick to the topic, kindly.

    Regards,
    Ameer Hamza
    Admin KPC

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/karachiphotographers/


  7. IUnknown (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

    i had no choice but to use Q instead of K. I knew the difference :)

    BTW, im not from hyderabad. I am from beautifull vallies of kashmir


  8. SELF (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

    "beautifull vallies of kashmir"

    jihadi or ex-jihadi :)


  9. Balma (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

    I didn’t mean that Hyderabadis confuse between Q and K. They confuse between Q and ‘Kh’ sound.
    So…, how are the babes in Kashmir these days?


  10. Balma (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

    Well, guys, has anyone else noticed or I am the only person gloating that maha-loTaa Abida Hussain lost. What a fucking loTaa, or luTyaa or whatever fuck. she should be made to work for living now. Enough of having fun at the expense of poor kisaans.


  11. SELF (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

    What you are forgetting is her opponent faisal saleh hyyat stole 16 million dollars…

    I guess that’s small change for you. :)

    PPP guys and gals like to steal and steal hard…


  12. Balma (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 12:31 am

    OK, Self, I know what you are saying. This khadim or makhdoom is her relative anyway (according to a recent WSJ article)….And he is himself a lota I believe…. OK, next time this loTaa will be defeated….As uncle Zia once said when I was a kid – yaha’n tou aavay kaa aavaa bigRaa hua hae!


  13. AMMAR (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 8:18 am

    Okay Ameer Hamza you take advantage of the name. Fine and fair enough, but do you know what you are doing actually. Does it not apply to you as well. How can you lie so much with having such a good name. Shame on you, better you should repent.


  14. Shoaib (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    @KASHIF
    My brother, even if you know a 160 million people who casted bogus votes and thousands of parties who does the same, does not make the whole exercise right?? TWO WRONGS DONT MAKE A RIGHT!!
    Stop defending it!!


  15. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    am in deep regret – i wish i have not wasted my time in attending school and classes and later life in struggle for what I’m today.

    Had I been part & parcel of some "mafia" am sure there would be a "BETTER" status and fleet of vehicles, Plenty of cash flow with no questions asked……..One LEGAL wife and family and LOTS of beauties at my disposal anytime of day….. AH I wish……… Ahhhh I wish,…..I SHALL Born again as PAKISTANI politician of a main Stream PARTY at my reincarnation,
    – – –

    lahowala quwat illa billah… Ya Allah Thank you for what I’m today and what you hold for me ahead is the only best thing you can grant me, Allah Tayra Shukar hai Tou sirf apna mohtaj rakhna.. Ameen


  16. Paquistan (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

    this thread is so full of hatred it seems funny.


  17. uzair hussain (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

    rigging was done in karachi .. lol.. i have questions over his sanity .. how may polling stations did he visited by the way … only those from where mqm have been winning for a long time …
    i dont understand when he said that the karachites should vote sensibily ..
    where were the parties on the 3 horrible days when karachi was set on fire by the non-residents.. my boy it was mqm who was there who showed maturity to the level that no one could have imagined….
    mirza ikhtiyar baig was carrying armed guard on the day polling was conducted.. its against the guidelines delivered by the election comission ..
    i dont c the reason of u holding strong opinions only for largest political force for urban sindh …
    it was the 1st time that i ,along with my parents voted and alhumdulliah for mqm .. and so did hundreds and thousands more.. not just caus i speak urdu but caus of the pretty evident work that has been going on for the past 2 years by mustufa kamal … i salute him and advice you to kindly remain unbiased in your articles ..we should be focusing on issues to improve the current adverse situations in the country rather than blaming eachother for their deeds…that is soo much to write about the late shaheed benair bhutto ..soo much bout ASIF ali zardari the mr.10 % and the bhaga howa shair of punjab nawaz shareef lol… grow up dude grow up ..


  18. Mir (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 7:27 am

    Hey guys,

    Woww….. hoter debate has been waged. I would like to speak with those who support MQM. By and large, MQM is not a political party, right? It is an ethnic party and the proof is right before us as what happened in 18 Feb. elections. The ethnic party could not take seats other than from Karachi and few from Hyderabad. In contrary to the latest elections, if we look back at 2002 elections, the same ethnic party was seen even in Azad Kashmir and in interior Sindh, Hyderabad and Sukkur. I can’t understand such a massive and disreputable mess faced by the party in 2008 elections? Wowww….. OMG…. it couldn’t take even a single seat from Sukkur and interior Sindh. Itni zillat??? Their chief is being called as BHAI OF KARACHI. Well, BHAI OF KARACHI bhai i would like to convey to you and your thugs congratulations from the bottom of my heart for such a massive victory you could not get across Pakistan. ;) Wish you all the best. TA TA.


  19. Nizro (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

    @Hamza.

    Hamza can u plz testify against these people who were rigging in the court. Because these MQM guys have won a few seat too many from Khi, which they shouldn’t have.


  20. Sara (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 5:08 am

    This is so stupid.How can u say it’s MQM?It can be PPP or any other party.Stop blaming everything on MQM.


  21. Nedved (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 2:27 am

    I think MQM,s politics is based on only one thing, HATRED. Problems of common people in pakistan are the same…be it punjab, sind, karachi, balochistan, phuktuankwa or anywhere but MQM spreads hatred by blaming other communities. In reality all communities and all common people living in pakistan are faced with same problems.I hope people understand what i am saying.

    I myself belong to a urdu speaking community. We are the most educated people in pakistan n we should understand this.


  22. Furqan Sheikh (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

    This is all rubbish, we pakistanis are always ready to blame the govt of pakistan for rigging

    why u people do that?

    get like u idiots, this election was rigged then ppp and pml n wouldnt come to power


  23. Furqan Sheikh (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    This is all rubbish, we pakistanis are always ready to blame the govt of pakistan for rigging

    why u people do that?

    get life u idiots, this election was rigged then ppp and pml n wouldn’t come to power


  24. ALi (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

    I guess the ballot papers showed in this blog give us the correct idea who was rigging in this city.
    All the ballot papers shown don’t have stamped on KITE symbol that is MQM symbol then how come MQM was rigging ?
    Rikhshaw was not sign of MQM .

    So the story of Ameer Hamza flopped big time

    And about blamming MQM as ethnic party and blah blah blah, go to ecp.gov.pk see the results of all over the country MQM got 50,000 votes from Pakistan apart from Sindh
    All the propaganda flopped as MQM got 50,000 votes and those who gave votes to MQM are not Mohajirs they are people from all over Pakistan.

    Open your eyes Morans people are voting for MQM soon MQM will emerge as the largest party of Pakistan.

    GA MQM
    GA ALTAF


  25. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

    Article showing rigging done by MQM has been published in Friday Times issue (29th Feb, 2008). Written by Ameer Hamza and photographed by Ameer Hamza and Raja Islam.



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