Over 11m extra ballot papers printed in 2013 general elections: ECP

6.89 per cent extra ballot papers were printed in the last elections


Hasnaat Mailk May 16, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday informed the Inquiry Commission that 11,725,728 extra ballot papers were printed in the May 2013 general elections.

Read: Testimony: ‘ECP was given 4m unnumbered ballots’

The ECP submitted the data regarding the printing of extra ballot papers since the past seven years, a copy of which The Express Tribune has obtained:



6.89 per cent extra ballot papers were printed in the last elections.

Further, the document also states that the highest number ‘extra’ ballot papers were printed in 1988’s General Elections.

Read: Judicial commission: After PTI, PML-N identifies constituencies with extra ballots

14,660,869 extra ballot papers were printed in the elections of 1990. In 1993, only 3.52 per cent extra ballot papers were printed, which is the least as compared to all other general elections.

10,086,725 extra ballot papers were printed in 1997 and 11,059,310 extra ballot papers were printed in 2002.

In the 2008 elections, 11,115,911 extra ballot papers were printed.

COMMENTS (11)

Enemy of MUNAFIQs | 6 years ago | Reply DemocraZy ! Anyone can let me know why the extra ballots are required in a country where election turnout never exceed 70 percent ? How the ROs / POs use these extra ballots ?
AH | 6 years ago | Reply 0.1 m polling stations across Pakistan. 1 book contains 100 pages of ballot papers. 0.1m * 100 = 10 million additional ballot papers. 1 extra book for every polling station. Let the cry babies cry, this no. of additional ballot papers were always printed in all earlier elections and will always be printed in all elections to come. Let the cry babies cry, additional ballot papers does not necessarily mean rigging.
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