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ECP, Nadra solve mystery

16 March, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) have solved the mystery of how registered voters abnormally increased in District Loralai, Sanghar, Khairpur and Tehsil Dukki and some other districts.

On receiving complaints from Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Syed Mattiullah, and MNA from NA-263, Sardar Yaqub Nasir, the ECP asked provincial chief commissioners and Nadra to investigate this glaring irregularity.

The matter surfaced after the electoral body displayed preliminary voter lists at 55,000 prominent places for voters, enabling them to verify the related information on these lists was correct or otherwise. If they have any complaint, they can get it removed by filling in form 04 and submitting it to the nearest display centre.

"What we did was simple. We traced the culprits by their thump impressions, as some had filled in even 100 voter forms on their own," said deputy chairman Nadra Tariq Malik while taking here.

Provincial chief commissioner conducted an inquiry through District Election Commissioner (DEC), Loralai, wherein, it was confirmed that such abnormal increase had been noticed in various blocks.

Moreover, Nadra conducted detailed analysis of the complaints using their biometrics database and revealed that thousands of Form 'Alif' and Form-II were filled in by a few individuals to migrate voters across Pakistan to Tehsil Dukki, District Loralai.

Nadra deputy chairman explained that the same trend was also observed in District Kachhi, Lasbela, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad and Khairpur, where voter migration was carried out without the consent of voters.

The authority furnished the names of five individuals, who were involved in the malpractice through their finger prints imposed on related forms; they are Olis Khan, Atta Ullah, Habib Ullah, Muhammad Ilyas and Mai Shenal. Their CNIC numbers have also been forwarded to the ECP for action.

On its part, the Election Commission has ordered that an exemplary disciplinary/criminal action must be initiated against the culprits involved to ensure transparency and fairness of the electoral rolls at any cost.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has declared Sobia Kiran Kibzai w/o Allauddin Kibzai, as a returned candidate on the seat reserved for women in the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan, which fell vacant due to resignation of Rubina Irfan, MPA, belonging to Pakistan Muslim League.

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