LAHORE – The claims of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) seems to be proved right as the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) found thousands of suspicious votes in the record of ballot papers from NA-118, Lahore.
According to a report submitted by the authority to the election tribunal, the record of only 68 of 251 polling stations in the constituency were provided to NADRA. The total number of votes here was 46,118 and only 15,835 voters’ thumbprints were verified.
NADRA’s report added that 4,043 votes were found to be cast against invalid CNIC numbers, and NADRA states that identity cards with these numbers were never issued by the authority.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Malik Riaz won 103,346 votes here against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) candidate Hamid Zaman, who won 43,616 votes. The total number of votes cast in this constituency were 169,137.
According to NADRA’s report, 142 votes were found to be cast by those who were not registered voters in this constituency. Another 146 votes were found to be submitted by those casting votes multiple times. 272 counterfoils were found without fingerprints and 44 votes were reportedly polled by non-registered voters. The report concluded that the fingerprints of 25,636 counterfoils could not be verified as the correct ink was not used. The report bore the signatures of NADRA Director General Syed Muzaffar Ali.
On December 19, 2013, the election tribunal ordered NADRA to examine election material at polling stations in NA-118, Lahore. However, a bench of the LHC granted a stay against this verification. On March 13, the stay order was vacated and the recounting commenced.