FAFEN report: Over 100% turnout in 49 polling stations

Election watchdog advises ECP to hold results of constituencies with such anomalies.

Our Correspondent May 14, 2013
Data gathered by FAFEN observers at polling stations showed impossible voter turnout. PHOTO: AFP


Among many anomalies on Election Day, there is one that stands out: There was more than 100% voter turnout in many polling stations for national and provincial constituencies across the country, according to the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The election watchdog called upon the ECP to release all polling statements of count (Form XIV) to the public on its website before certifying final results in any constituency.

Data gathered by FAFEN observers at polling stations showed impossible voter turnout greater than 100% in many polling stations.

According to the FAFEN report, the voter turnout was more than 100% in at least 49 polling stations out of 8,119 polling stations sampled by FAFEN across Pakistan, according to statements of the count delivered so far by observers.

FAFEN advised ECP not to include votes from these polling stations in calculations of constituency election results, and advised them to consider re-polling in these stations.

Of these 49 polling stations, at least 32 were in Punjab, 10 in Sindh, six in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and one in Balochistan. The polling stations with impossible voter turnout figures included 19 female polling stations, 16 male stations and 14 combined (male and female) stations.

Voter turnout is calculated on the basis of registered voters for each polling station as given on the ECP website. Polling stations included in the analysis are only those in which presiding officers accurately calculated the total number of ballots as recorded on the statement of the count (Form XIV).

FAFEN has recommended since 2008 that the ECP should not consider the results from any polling station where more ballots are cast than the number of registered voters, and should investigate highly improbable cases of voter turnout, such as those greater than 80%.   The network further stated that the best practice for election transparency requires that polling station ballot counts and vote counts should be posted as quickly as possible on the ECP website, both as scans of the original forms and in data tables that can be scrutinised.

This information was made public by the ECP for the first time many months after the 2008 elections, based on persistent FAFEN advocacy.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2013.


Sohail Iqbal | 9 years ago | Reply

How GEO ARY can break results at 4:55PM, before closing even time extended.Many results shown before 5:30 such as Farooq Satar securing 1500 votes in poling staion is it possible to count in 20 mints. Will ECP take some action for media.

gp65 | 9 years ago | Reply

@Noman Ansari: "If this isn’t evidence I don’t know what is."

Unsure if you have seen this. http://beta.dawn.com/news/1011407/fafen-regrets-inaccuracies-in-turnout-claim

Undoubtedly elections weren not perfect. 11 million fewer women voters registered. Arbitrary and inconsistent 62/53 based screening of candidates, many villages not allowing even registered women voters to vote, the abysmal vioter turnout in Balochistan, the selective violence that targetted only a few parties leading to the election are just some of the issues. But relying on flawed FAFEN data which also applied to less than 0.2% of polling stations monitored to call into question the results of the elecion is a bit irresponsible.

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