ECP forms 14 election tribunals to investigate rigging

Published: May 13, 2013
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Photo of a ballot box that went viral on social media.

Photo of a ballot box that went viral on social media.

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) formulated 14 election tribunals across Pakistan to investigate the rigging allegations put forth by various political parties, Express News reported on Monday.

Punjab will have five tribunals while other provinces will have to suffice with three tribunals each.

A total of 14 retired judges have been selected by the ECP to head these tribunals.

A statement released by the ECP, shortly after the polls, stated that the presiding officers received threats and the election material was stolen from them by criminal elements in Karachi.

Additionally, the substitute officers appointed by the district returning officers were also threatened which is why they refused to perform their duties.

The office of the chief election commissioner was also fired upon, it said.

Apart from Karachi, protests were also staged in Lahore and Rahimyar Khan against alleged rigging in their constituencies.

CEC’s assurance

Chief Election Commissioner CEC Fakruddin G Ebrahim ensured the enraged voters that their complaints will not go to waste and the ECP will take strict action against those responsible for rigging.

Additionally, returning officers and other staff present at the polling stations will also be asked to file their comments regarding the matter.

Polling was stopped at 43 polling stations in the NA-250 constituency in Karachi. Reports suggest that the ECP will hold elections at these polling stations on coming Sunday but the final decision will be made shortly.

The CEC had received numerous complaints of rigging from Hyderabad and Karachi.

Rigging

In Larkana, the police arrested PPP activist Ghulam Rasool at the Baqrani tower polling station, trying to cast fake vote.

Police said the PPP workers were distributing voters’ chits in Maqbool Colony, on Election Day when some JI workers arrived on the scene and stopped the PPP workers.

Videos of rigging and photographs of torn ballot papers went viral, on social media, on the eve of election day.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Maher
    May 13, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Investigation ?? Fakhrudin saheb, please tell us any result of any INVESTIGATION ON GOVT. level? You are wasting time…

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  • Sumair
    May 13, 2013 - 6:13PM

    Exactly….video proofs are there and still Fakhru bhai you are wasting time on investigation. Its quite clear that rigging was done therefore, re-elections in Karachi should be held.

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  • Mazher Mehboob
    May 13, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Is the tribunial same as the prisiding officers?
    ECP, by now you should have known the ppl demographics of your country. You should have given out deadline and names of well known ppl who can bring out the truth and byt the way. Seriously you do not know what happened?
    Demonstration of Carelessness, Missmanagement and no training of elections staff atll.
    Did you brought all the presiding officers under one roof and have them trained. ? and ensure that they can work under pressure. ? and many other quetions on your prep work,

    And you are doing the same now tribunal….or you do not know the history of pakistan, that how many fake commisions there have been with no resuits.

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  • Pakistani
    May 13, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Please do not call it rigging….. its MASSIVE RiGGING! clearly and simply if you cannot figure this much out then nothing need be said about the ECP except that we had hopes with those who didnt deserve them

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  • Adnan Khan
    May 13, 2013 - 7:35PM

    Another tribunal Woah, the results of investigation will be available after next elections. Good luck with this sweet dream of free and fair elections.

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  • B Acchan
    May 14, 2013 - 1:38AM

    ECP stands discredited for massive corruption in elections. So what right does it have to form tribunals when it has no credibility now? NAB should start investigations against ECP for rigging the elections in a planned preconcieved manner.

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  • Kmanuel
    May 14, 2013 - 11:28AM

    ECP stands guilty for the massive polling corruption. If the election was to be carried out in this way then why ask the public for votes,and claim that Pakistan is going to have a free and fair election.It is impossible all this could have taken place without the knowledge of ECP.

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  • May 16, 2013 - 9:07AM

    strong text
    please send army to NA-254 because at PS-124 a massive polling corruption held at 11 may 2013 so there were no security give by police and rangers to public to secure there vote.and political influence was strongly in action and 100 % finger prints were bogus. Ballot paper did not give the voters and just taken finger prints on books only.and there were not available a separate area where voter cast the vote and and political workers and sector in charge and presiding officers were busy in stole the public vote in the presence of police and rangers.
    so I am requesting the election commission Pakistan send army in polling center Jasmine school specially for NA-254.
    Thank you

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