Pakistan's postponed parliamentary elections will finally take place on Monday, but allegations are flying that Pervez Musharraf's party has already rigged the vote. Pakistan's intelligence agencies have "pre-stuffed" ballot boxes, confiscated voter ID cards, and appointed party apparatchiks in key rural constituencies, a retired senior intelligence officer told the Telegraph. Musharraf 's party is a clear underdog in the election.
An American-conducted survey suggested that about 50% of citizens would support the Pakistan People's Party, led by Benazir Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari—with 22% backing Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League and only 14% favoring Musharraf's party. Despite the president's denial of vote fraud, the US State Department has said it expects rigging in Monday's poll and is worried about the prospect of post-election violence.