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Stats confirm reports of rigging in several Karachi polling stations

Published May 13, 2013 09:50pm


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A Pakistani resident casts his ballot at a polling station during general election.–File Photo by AFP
A Pakistani resident casts his ballot at a polling station during general election.–File Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Statistics showing abnormally high turnout confirm reports of rigging at several polling stations across Karachi.

In at least five polling stations of the city, the number of votes polled far exceeds the registered voters, according to data from elections observer group FAFEN.

Polling stations with over 100 per cent votes polled include Orangi Town, Model Colony, Malir Colony, and Shah Faisal Colony. The National Assembly constituencies affected by the apparent malpractice include NA-242, NA-256 and NA-257.

According to the statistics obtained by, 2508 and 1484 votes were polled at NA-242 Orangi Town’s polling station (PS) 80 and 2, while the respective number of registered voters was 1349 and 1230.

At station 151 of Model Colony and stations 63 of Shah Faisal Colony(NA-256), 3233 and 2495 votes were polled against a total of 2114 and 2405 registered voters.

Malir colony’s station 129 (NA-257) also witnessed an impossibly high number of voters, where 2495 votes were polled against 2405 registered voters.

At least four other polling stations (PS-37, 38, 39 and 40) in Landhi area falling under NA-255, also appeared to have been affected by irregularities, with the number votes polled falling between 93 to 98 per cent of registered voters.

In total, data provided by FAFEN shows at least 32 polling stations with over 80 per cent votes polled, which it says are abnormally high numbers.

The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) had over 900 trained election observers monitoring polling in Karachi, and more than 41,000 observers across the country.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken notice of widespread reports of rigging in Karachi, and has ordered re-polling at 43 stations in Karachi’s NA-250 constituency in 10 day’s time.

“We will conduct re-polling where we receive substantial evidence of rigging or irregularities,” Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmed told reporters in Islamabad.

The ECP has asked the civil society members to submit evidence of rigging or malpractice to the ECP.


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Israr May 14, 2013 02:02am
The most important bit of information is missing from all these reports of 100%+ turn-out polling stations; which candidates won from these polling station? Is someone somewhere rigging this bit of information as well for this to take so long to become public?
falcon May 14, 2013 05:53am
now thats progress, rather than just saying, yea their was poll rigging in certian areas. now they can tell the exact location and how much. if this progress contines, in next election it will alot harder to cheat.
Such bolo May 14, 2013 07:28am
It is only fair if you use the same stick in punjab and other parts of Pakistan. It does not surprise any Pakistani overseas. How low you as a nation will go?
Syed Arbab Ahmed (@SyedArbabAhmed) May 14, 2013 07:08am
Without the presence of Army standing in front of ballot boxes there is no hope of free and fair elections, especially in Karachi
skeptic May 14, 2013 08:28pm
Well done Fafen.
QB May 13, 2013 04:55pm
Is there any more reason to conduct re-polling now? May Allah save us from the clutches of MQM. Hats of to the PTI supporters who are risking their lives to stand up against mafias.
A. Khan May 13, 2013 04:57pm
All Karachi results should be declared null and void. Elections should be re-held in Karachi this time with supervision at every polling station.
pjs May 13, 2013 05:04pm
Sounds like they have fully embraced the democratic system!
Nasr May 13, 2013 05:08pm
In every election since last 30 years this rigging has happenned in Karachi everyone knows about it and no one knows more than myself as I worked and left in one election with the party who is to be blamed.
ssm May 13, 2013 05:10pm
why is only karachi being highlighted as there are atleast 27 more polling stations according to this report where the number of votes casted exceed registered
hammad May 13, 2013 05:29pm
thats good step...but what abt massive rigging in punjab?
Murad Iqbal May 13, 2013 05:35pm
This is the victory of PTI youth who stood up and challenged rigged polls.
Murtaza May 13, 2013 05:50pm
Why is DAWN only reporting the Karachi seats when FAFEN has reported hundreds of such cases all over Pakistan. Stop malaigning Karachi. People are much smarter than you.
Shahryar Shirazi May 13, 2013 05:58pm
What about Punjab ?
Umair May 13, 2013 06:00pm
This is all nonsense. Rigging on all polling stations throughout Karachi.
MAH, Abu Dhabi May 13, 2013 06:00pm
How about the other cities where there have been so many reports of rigging!!!
Farhan Malik May 13, 2013 06:23pm
A systematic collaboration of both MQM and PML(N) to manipulate PTI's mandate.
Azam May 13, 2013 06:28pm
To ECP and especially Fakhruddin G Ibrahim: This is not fair. The people of Karachi has to be given equal chance to cast their vote and it should be a fair chance. MQM keeps winning these seats and now it is well proved that rigging was done. This is injustice with the people of Karachi. The elections should be re-called in the entire city of Karachi, not just NA 250. Being a karachiite I know and I can feel that the tables have turned around for MQM. People want change and they like to express this change by casting their votes in a free, fair, and secured environment. You MUST act upon this. For how long are we going to continue to let MQM represent Karachi in National and Provincial Assembly based on the fact that rigging was done?
Saeed May 13, 2013 06:32pm
I am PML N supporter and I appreciate PTI youth on this. You guys are doing a great job. I salute you guys.
Asif May 13, 2013 06:34pm
Details of polls with over 100% turnout are on Free and Fair elections network website and most of them are from Punjab.
S.V May 13, 2013 06:48pm
What kind of a nation are we? We call ourselves Muslims, kill one another in the name of religion, a child is born with the first words in his ears is the name of Allah and yet we behave like Jahileen, Munafiqeen and Kafireen. No stone left unturned to cheat and rig the polls, and yet our Election Commission of Pakistan chief claims that it was a free and fair election - ECP should be renamed as SCP - (S)election Commission of Pakistan. Irony of the matter is that they can't even see with their own eyes, can't even use their brains to verify the rigging reports - both in terms of print reports as well as the video reports. What kind of a nation are we?
helpless victim May 13, 2013 07:01pm
Why is Ecp still asking for evidence. Isn't there enuff evidence on record via net , print mdia nd televison
Saif May 13, 2013 07:04pm
FAFEN = 49 polling stations with over 100% voting. 32- Punjab; 10-Sindh, 6-KPK, and 1-Balochistan. Why isnt the whole story being published?
amrat pervez May 13, 2013 07:12pm
hellow rigging has not happen only in karachi or punjab..we were pti voters from hyderabad.. but what we got.. where are our votes.. waste or wil be use.. we want change our country..we need new leader not those same x leaders.. we are great suporter of imran khan..he has woken up sleep genration so we are stil awaiking to get him on seat..
amrat pervez May 13, 2013 07:15pm
rigging also happens from large to small villages too.. in sedabad, hala new and old, matiyari hyderbad,.. every where than why re polling in khi or punjab we also want a good leader.. it was our life's first vote but we failed in that and did'nt get our favrouite leader..
Omair May 14, 2013 04:50am
Although i am a PTI supporter but this is biased reporting from dawn. More than 100% voting in polling stations is not only in Karachi but also in other parts of the country including PTI winning constituencies.