May 14 - Video emerges allegedly showing vote rigging in Pakistan election as hundreds protest. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
A video emerges purported to show vote rigging at a polling station during Pakistan's general elections. A woman is seen stuffing stacks of papers into a ballot box in Karachi. Different mobile phone footage was shown to journalists by independent candidate, Munsif Ali Khan. In an undisclosed tribal area, ballot papers are seen scattered on the ground and gunfire is heard in the background. Reuters cannot verify the authenticity of any of these videos. Hundreds demonstrated against the alleged vote rigging. "We protest" they chanted in Islamabad. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SAIMA OMAR, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF WOMEN'S WING OF IMRAN KHAN'S PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAF (PTI) PARTY, SAYING: "In the Punjab, especially in Lahore, and in Sindh in Karachi, rigging went on openly and votes were changed. First they created a delay and then they carried out wrong counting." In Karachi over five hundred supporters for candidate Imran Khan staged a sit-in. Despite the mood on the street, EU Observers in a preliminary statement said an improvement in the electoral process was seen. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL GAHLER, HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION, SAYING: "Firstly, I would like to say that we have assessed this election process to be competitive and improved, despite militant violence and procedural shortcomings." The Pakistan Taliban killed over 120 people in attacks ahead of the election in a bid to undermine the polls.