Opposition leader is arrested a week prior to elections in Pakistan. Can that be considered as pre poll rigging?
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Yes, arrest is the least preferred course of action for fair elections, and if it occurs 1 week prior to an election, for "surprise" evidence, it is very probably a case of election-rigging. It shouldn't happen without a public inquest.
Charges require a lot of evidence, in stable "democracies" a public inquest to find evidence, a session in the high parliaments and senates of the country would be necessary, to consider an arrest or another action.
Generally, fair causes of suspicion should fairly become public in the months prior to election, not the last week.
The criminal record of candidates should be scrutinized in the few months prior to the election, when they become celebrities, rather than in the week previous.
The election and selection process of the candidates, can normally help a party to select a candidate who is considered morally responsible.
Corruption is an endemic issue, and a lot of politicians consider than self-spending is a present to themselves, it's a difficult issue to deal with in all countries, especially one like Pakistan.