‘ROs yet to give 106 NA seats poll record to Fafen’

The three-judge panel, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, has also summoned the current and former secretaries of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Sun 24 May 2015, 11:38 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:23 PM

Islamabad — The Returning Officers (ROs) have yet to provide the records of 106 out of 272 directly elected  National Assembly constituencies to the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen), the inquiry commission looking into the allegations of rigging in the 2013 general elections has been informed.

The three-judge panel, headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, has also summoned the current and former secretaries of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday and asked them to record their statements.

Former Fafen chief executive officer Mudassir Rizvi told the inquiry commission that the organisation had contacted the ROs, seeking forms XIV (Statement of the Count), XV (Ballot Paper Account), XVI (Consolidation of Statements of the Count) and XVII (Result of the Count). “Out of 267 constituencies, the ROs have provided records of only 161.”

Rizvi said Fafen had then submitted a request to the ECP, but no action was taken. “Last month the ombudsman had directed the ECP to provide the relevant records to Fafen, but the organisation is yet to receive them.”

He also said that out of 264 constituencies contested in 2013 polls, the result of 218 was in accordance with their survey, which was conducted before the general elections.

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