ECP admits shortcomings in May 13 general elections

ECP admits shortcomings in May 13 general elections | PakistanTribe.comISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has accepted flaws in May 13, general election, ECP released reported revealed.

ECP review report revealed that many candidates declared eligible to contest without proper scrutiny.

Report was prepared by a 16 members committee under the leadership of additional secretary ECP, Sher Afgan.

“Article 62 and 63 of constitution wasn’t applied properly during scrutiny process,” the report revealed.

Now available on the ECP website, the report acknowledged that despite the fact that many international observers termed the 2013 polls ‘fairer than any previous elections’, they were not free from shortcomings.

The report further says that the Result Management System (RMS) provided by UNDP did not function properly from the very first day of its installation as the persons appointed to work for this system had no proper knowledge of the software of said system. “As a result, most of the returning officers prepared the result sheets manually.”

The report points out that magnetised ink stamp pads and normal stamps pads did not have distinct difference “which might have caused confusion to the election staff.”

Delay in ballot papers printing, late start of polling, extra time and hand written elections results are among other flaws accepted by the CEP.

Many political parties especially Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) in Pakistan believe that the May 13, general elections was rigged but its first time that ECP accepted such shortcomings officially.

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