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Fafen regrets inaccuracies in turnout claim

Published May 15, 2013 07:33am
—File Photo.
—File Photo.

ISLAMABAD: The Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) has regretted inaccuracies in its list of 49 polling stations that it earlier claimed had seen a voter turnout of more than 100 per cent.

After returning officers of some of the constituencies mentioned in the list found fault in it, Fafen clarified that the data was based on reports of ‘citizen observers’ trained to monitor the voting and counting processes on the polling day.

Putting the record straight, it said that according to official statements of the count, the turnout in polling station-155 in NA-6 was 56pc, in PS-113 in NA-7 64pc and in PS-238 in NA-52 approximately 50pc.

It said the inaccuracies might have been due to human errors by volunteer citizen observers in transcribing numbers by hand from statements of the count late at night on the election day or due to changes in the polling station numbers as listed in the polling schemes, which changed the number of registered voters at each station used as the basis for the calculation.

Fafen said the purpose of the report was to urge the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to release the polling station-wise data before certifying election results in any constituency, which would help reveal any problem that required further investigation and action.

Our Staff Reporter