Re-elections on some NA-250 polling stations on May 19: ECP

Published: May 14, 2013

Election officials count votes moments after the voting ended on May 11, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) directed returning officers to hold re-elections at 43 polling stations of NA-250 Karachi on May 19, Express News reported on Tuesday.

The re-polling will be held at the stations where polling was delayed, or stopped on May 11 due to massive irregularities.

Re-polling on PS-112 and PS-113 will also be held on May 19.

Apart from re-elections, the ECP announced that army will be deployed inside the 43 polling stations on re-polling day.

The ECP also ordered re-counting of votes in NA-154 Lodhran constituency.

On May 11, polling at a number of stations in the DHA and Clifton areas of NA-250 saw a delayed start and political parties claimed that rigging was underway. The ECP had stated that polling could not take place at 43 stations as a result of threats to polling staff.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers and supporters have been holding protests in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad to protest against the alleged rigging, demanding re-election in all of Karachi’s constituencies.

The ECP took notice of the allegations and directed district returning officers and provincial election commissioners to submit reports today.

Five tribunals in Punjab and three each in other three provinces were set up to analyse rigging complaints.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • aslam
    May 14, 2013 - 3:50PM

    Very Good decision by ECP. lets see, Whos wins and who lose…

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  • Mahmood
    May 14, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Let’s all hope that there are also added measures for extra vigilance or we’ll just have a repetition of the last debacle.

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  • concerned citizen
    May 14, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Good! Now setup CCTVs in all polling booths!

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  • Paindoo
    May 14, 2013 - 3:53PM

    Lodhran constituency is NA-154 not NA-54.

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  • kanwal
    May 14, 2013 - 3:55PM

    the whole country would ve shown loads more seats for IK and PTI if it was not for rigging. 31 polling stations in Panjab only show more than 100%turnout. this is a scam..

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  • Tanzeel
    May 14, 2013 - 4:03PM

    @kanwal, I don’t think you’ve realized that even the KPK polling stations show a turnout of more than 100%, or should we conveniently ignore that. That includes the polling station of Hazrat Imran Khan R.A. NA-71 Mianwali ;)

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  • Realistic
    May 14, 2013 - 4:07PM

    it should have been in all of karachi!Recommend

  • Alee
    May 14, 2013 - 4:07PM

    Re-Elections in Entire KARACHI !

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  • Shais
    May 14, 2013 - 4:08PM

    Will it be under the supervision of army/rangers/police? Or once again we should expect the same rigging by na maloom afrad??

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  • Bhai Log
    May 14, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Why not re-election on those polling stations of Punjab where turnout was more than 100%. Election commission seems to be biased about Karachi.

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  • saeed
    May 14, 2013 - 4:12PM

    @Tanzeel…it dose not mean the Imran wins from that polling station just like one of NA 48 polling station where the turnout was 150 percent and the winning person from that polling station was Anjium aqeel…were you able to understand what I mentioned or it went over your your head..

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  • May 14, 2013 - 4:12PM

    @Tanzeel:
    Your information is incorrect. Please confirm your facts before an argument. Thanks.

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  • Ahmar
    May 14, 2013 - 4:13PM

    Just to add in what Tanzeel said.
    PTI has 6 seats where they was a turnout of greater than 100% on the other hand MQM only has 4 seats where turnout was greater.

    and than they say ke MQM ne dhaandli ki hai ?

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  • usman
    May 14, 2013 - 4:15PM

    @tanzeel: then re-polling should also be done in KPK. please do not make excuses for the incompetence of the EC and their inability to hold free and fair elections. and a little bit of manners might help as well specially when addressing a lady

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  • paki
    May 14, 2013 - 4:15PM

    PTI won where most of the stations was more than 100%. pls. analyse the data provided by Free and fair network then comment. Most of the rigging done by PTI.

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  • May 14, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Nice…. 10 army men should also be installed at each polling station with shoot-at-sight orders for miscreants or polling-riggers.

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  • Someone
    May 14, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Cal in the ARMY on 19th May

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  • Jahangir
    May 14, 2013 - 4:34PM

    So which are those 43 polling stations – can someone highlight?

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  • Bhai Log
    May 14, 2013 - 4:35PM

    @Tanzeel:
    Hazrat Imran Khan R.A. hahaha nice one.

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  • Shed
    May 14, 2013 - 4:35PM

    Will ECP bring the army inside the stations? If not – it going to be same rigging again!

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  • pak patriot
    May 14, 2013 - 4:39PM

    @tanzeel

    being a PTI supporter I want a culture of rigging free elections.Even if PTI won sm seats as a result of rigging i support re-polling there.

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  • AB.
    May 14, 2013 - 4:40PM

    What about NA253, NA252 and NA254? There was massive rigging even there.

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  • Zulfiqar Baig
    May 14, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Re-election should be ordered in entire Karachi and where ever PTI and JI demanded.

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  • Badr Siddiqui
    May 14, 2013 - 4:43PM

    Its PS-112 and PS-113, please correct the error. It would have been better if a list of these 43 polling stations was also provided.

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  • Someone
    May 14, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Call in the ARMY
    on May 19th,2013

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  • Someone
    May 14, 2013 - 4:51PM

    @Shed:
    I agreee

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  • Hina
    May 14, 2013 - 4:53PM

    What about NA-122 and NA-125?

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  • Bill
    May 14, 2013 - 5:10PM

    Can we have a list of polling stations where there will be repolling?

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  • May 14, 2013 - 5:35PM

    Hope PTI will accept NA 250 results this time.

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  • May 14, 2013 - 5:36PM

    I Own Karachi In Sha Allah Karachi Se Saaf Tehreek E Insaaf :-)

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  • Saim Baig
    May 14, 2013 - 5:41PM

    @Paki Or it could be the other way round!! When it was seen that PTI is winning more (false) votes were casted to keep that polling stations under control!!

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  • Ali
    May 14, 2013 - 5:42PM

    @Tanzeel: Rigging can be done by winner or loser. It doesn’t tell who cheated (simplest example would be that one can try his best to cheat in exam but still can fail, it only proves you were stupid enough not to win even after cheating). Having said that, whoever and wherever elections are rigged there should be investigation. I wonder where are all CCTV cameras ECP claimed to have installed!

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  • Fawwad
    May 14, 2013 - 5:51PM

    what about Lahore ( most of the Punjab)… NA 122 and NA 125

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  • Taimoor Raja
    May 14, 2013 - 6:00PM

    @Tanzeel:
    Just 5 of them were higher than 100% turnout, But in PUNJAB,,,,,31, that is massive rigging!

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  • Awam
    May 14, 2013 - 6:07PM

    NA 250 details:
    List of candidates: 365,531
    Total Booth: 704
    Unique locations: 91 Approx.

    Re-election in
    “”"”43 polling stations”"”"”
    out of _______? and where are the results of remaining locations/ booth of NA-250????????? if total is not 43 polling stations????

    Source
    http://ecp.gov.pk/Misc/Stats/Sind/NAPollingStatisSind.pdf
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  • Phew
    May 14, 2013 - 6:28PM

    @Tanzeel:
    Hey i voted PTI, but if there was any rigging in KPK, that too has to be fully investigated. We want fair play. Thats what PTI stands for.

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  • May 14, 2013 - 7:44PM

    what abt those areas i.e NA 254 255 and 256 whose result didn’t show on television whole day even media media didn’t reach their to investigate the situation . . . .

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  • rana
    May 14, 2013 - 8:13PM

    @Tanzeel

    I dont understand this eye for an eye mentality. PTI is not the only party contesting elections in Karachi, there are others as well that were prevented from voting. If PTI was guilty of rigging, then those areas should demand a re-election as well. Regardless of whether or not it was guilty, that doesn’t invalidate the claim of other areas to fair elections.

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  • Yusuf
    May 14, 2013 - 8:20PM

    MQM misjudged NA250, Ms.Kushbakht was rejected and still put up as a candidate. MQM lost because the party not Progressive anymore. MQM did not bother to choose right candidate therefore repolling. MQM did not give a chance to new youthful candidate that would have been a wise choice. Now MQM will have to make new strategy to see as helpful hand instead of taken Karachi Voters guranteed. MQM defeated in its own territory just like Pakistan Cricket team loosing on its ground in Pakistan. MQM now need to institunalized as a progressive democratic party. Karachi Voters looks forward to a new reformed outlook. Ms. Kushbakht please let go, accept defeat, and lets organize MQM on Modernity.

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  • falakSher
    May 14, 2013 - 8:24PM

    Another tough day for the people living in defense. . Come out and show your strength.. and be aware of Namaloom afrad jinko ab sari dunya janti hai

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  • Sonia
    May 19, 2013 - 1:59AM

    HI!! How to know what are numbers of the 43 polling stations??!?!! i cant find a list anywhere, i am not sure if i am supposed to go for re vote or not.. :S

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