MARDAN: Supporters of Awami National Party on Friday staged a demonstration to protest alleged rigging in recently held by-poll on PK-53 Mardan.

The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against Election Commissioner of Pakistan. Addressing the protesters outside Mardan Press Club, Ahmad Bahadur who contested elections said that he was declared winner in by-polls but later ECP issued notification of PTI candidate which was clear rigging.

He alleged that the ballot boxes were opened before recounting in ECP office which is a clear proof that ECP has hand in glove with the government.

They demanded repolling in the constituency or threatened to move election tribunal if their demand was not accepted.

The District Election Commissioner Rauf Khan declared ANP candidate winner after receiving has declared ANP candidate but later issued notification declaring PTI candidate.