ET to decide NA-256 rigging case by 25th, says ECP
09 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has given three days to file objections over a NADRA report highlighting election irregularities in NA-256 constituency of Karachi.
After completing thumbprint verification, NADRA in its report stated that over 77,000 votes cast during the May 11election in NA-256 could not be verified. The ECP has also summoned the returning officer of the constituency on October 12.
According to an ECP spokesman, the election tribunal is bound to make a decision regarding election fraud within 120 days of receiving a complaint. The complaint of election fraud in NA-256 was received by the election tribunal on June 20.
The spokesman added that the 120-day period was expiring on October 25 and the tribunal will have to announce its decision by this date.
According to reports, the tribunal has the authority to declare the election illegal if voter fraud is proven along with also ordering re-polling on polling stations.
A spokesman for the commission said that after submission of NADRA report on NA-256 Karachi, election tribunal will decide the case.
Meanwhile, Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Tuesday said that the National Database and Registration Authority's (NADRA) report to election tribunal had held wrong ink responsible for the cancellation of 55,000 votes of NA-256.
Talking to journalists after his arrival at Karachi airport on Tuesday, he said that (thus) these 55,000 votes were not cancelled due to their bogus and fake entries. "However, if these 55,000 votes are confirmed as fake and bogus, it would be difficult to prove who initiated these votes," he deliberated.
Sattar also expressed his grave concern over the crises the federation was currently passing through, citing terrorism, economic crisis, law and order situation in Balochistan and Karachi among others which, he said, all political parties would have to resolve through their joint efforts, and a unified strategy.