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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.

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Hasan Hasni May 15, 2013 08:13am

Disappointed, it will hard to believe FAFEN again. The media organizations are also liable for publishing the story without counter checking. Do you know world media had taken this story.

Muhammad Khan May 15, 2013 11:02am

What a joke. How easy it is to blame on human error. What about the blame so called Fafen mad on the candidates and their integrity. Fafen should be disbanded and taken to court by the candidates whose reputation it damaged

Nizaqat May 15, 2013 11:07am

It is totally wrong. Fafen also under control of parties. Vote turnout of more than 100 per cent. observed on 70% polling stations. Fafen should show the accurate figure. I request ECP to verify votes and repolling.

angela May 15, 2013 11:27am

Are you really so irresponsible or someone gave you the same dose as anyone gets when tries to talk the truth?/////////

wasif m khan May 15, 2013 12:35pm

In the words of Winston Churchill, 'By the time a lie has traveled halfway round the world, truth has barely got its coat on' (pardon me for lack of exactness, if any) . Very sad to see such gross irresponsibility by FAFEN in a highly charged emotional steambath as it is. The correction MUST be carried in large, preferably quarte page, at least, ads in the national newspapers and be well publicised by the electronic media. Perhaps, some of the damage caused by the rubbish from FAFEN may then me controlled.

Fayzee May 15, 2013 12:36pm

Shame on you Fafen!! You created so much hue and cry in the country and the world over, and now you regret it. Who will believe you now?

Atif Bukhari May 15, 2013 12:47pm

I hope that media gives same exposure to this negation, as they did to the revelation! Every other anchor was only praising the role of FAFEN, even those who had never even heard of it ever before. I hope all of them spread the word of false reporting with same diligence....!

Harry May 15, 2013 12:55pm

They surely got a phone call from someone.

Moby May 15, 2013 01:11pm

Mubarak ho FAFEN bik gaya!

shabbzz May 15, 2013 01:44pm

I think they were asked by SOMEONE at the top to issue a clarification. They were scolded for saying "so much truth"

akram May 15, 2013 01:46pm

FAFEN are doing a great service to the country, by monitoring and helping to enforce a free and fair election for all. They may have made mistakes but should not be pilloried for it. They should learn from their mistakes, so that next time they are better informed to monitor the elections.

u May 15, 2013 02:10pm

error only on 3 out of 49 has been reported. So 46 polling stations still have turn out greater than 100%

Asad Muhammad May 15, 2013 03:29pm

Go and see what PMLF did in PS 78.

By evening Mr. Abid Farooq (PPPP) was winning against PMLF by 50K votes vs 30K votes. Than the result was withheld for 2 days and PMLF win as 46k vs 32 K. Reversed !!!!!

RO, Police and all adminsitartion was working for PMLF and doing a haram work. 20~30 Thappas were done by PMLF workers and when PPPP complaint, RO arrested PPPP workers.

No access to results or counting to PPPP candidate or his workers for 2 days and than after 2 days the result was announced giving election to PMLF. Many Pakistani's did a lot of illegal and haram work that day just to please someone below Allah!

Aamir Rana May 15, 2013 04:13pm

Fafen should be condemned brutally by the Civil Society especially by the Social Development Sector organizations. I had already registered my objections with one of Fafen colleagues as the numbers of registered votes in given polling stations were not true; and I knew that because I had been engaged with UNDP and ECP in delivering trainings to the Polling Staff.

saad May 15, 2013 07:43pm

A movement required to fire all ECP employee and enroll new staff with electronic voting system.

Khan May 15, 2013 08:39pm

I sincerely regret being a Pakistani.

Nasir Sajjad May 15, 2013 08:47pm

How a Network which has a mandate for this would believe on the report of untrained observers and could take the things casually and publish the Report for public on a very serious matter. Hope this would not happened again.

wachucha May 15, 2013 02:39am
What about the rest of irregulaties reported i.e. other 45 polling stations where turnout was over 100 percent. When this correction is reported the confirmation of the rest of the cases being correct should also be mentioned as part of fair reporting and journalistic standards.
HSayani May 15, 2013 02:32am
These are just 3 polling stations out of 49. What about the rest?