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ECP concludes probe into NA-68 rigging allegations

Updated May 21, 2014
— File photo
— File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday concluded its probe into allegations that polling for NA-68 (Sargodha) had been rigged, DawnNews reported.

According to the probe, on a polling station number for the constituency, Nawaz Sharif secured 779 out of the total 1500 votes polled but these were written as 7879.

Sources told DawnNews that the probe suggested a huge difference between the results given by the returning and presiding officers.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has said that the differences in the numbers of votes was due to a typing mistake.

Additional Secretary ECP Syed Sher Afghan said the difference in figures was due to the typist's mistake, adding that the ECP did not need to call a meeting in this case.

No more than the total number of registered votes were polled, he said, adding that no further probe was needed to be held in the matter.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan had alleged rigging in NA-68, a seat won by Prime Minister Sharif in the May 11 general elections and retained by his party in the bye-elections held on Aug 22 last year.

Khan had alleged that over 100 per cent votes were polled at polling station number 246 in NA-68 constituency. He claimed that over 8,000 votes were polled while the number of registered voters was around 1,500.

Sharif won the 2013 polls from NA-68 with a huge margin. He secured 140,546 votes while his closest rival Noor Hayat Kalyar of PTI could bag only 45,463 votes followed by Syed Nusrat Ali Shah of PPP who secured 21,395 votes.

Former secretary ECP Kunwar Dilshad said election results were tampered with, adding that rigging was made possible through collusion with the presiding and returning officers.

Dilshad added that if any more of Khan's allegations turned out to be true, questions would be raised over the vaidity of the parliament.