Massive rigging in NA256 polls, NADRA submits report

KARACHI: The election to another National Assembly seat NA256 in Karachi was massively rigged in the general elections, revealed a report submitted to election tribunal by the National Database and Registration Authority NADRA on Monday.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s candidate Iqbal Muhammad Khan had won the National assembly seat NA256.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf PTI candidate Zubair Khan later challenged the election result of in the tribunal headed by a former judge of the Sindh High Court, Zafar Ahmed Sherwani, who ordered Nadra to for verification of thumb impressions on ballot papers.

Nadra report revealed that there were 11,343 ballot papers that contained invalid national identity card numbers, which were never issued by Nadra. It also found that there were 791 votes were found not registered in the constituency and the fact was ascertained on the basis of the CNIC numbers mentioned on the used ballot papers. This bogus voting was observed in three different polling stations of the constituency.

Besides, report said that there were 5839 duplicate votes, which were cast by as many as 2812 voters mainly in two polling stations. It said as many as seven votes were cast on one CNIC 422157963953 of Shakir Zaheer, a resident of Gulistan-e- Jauhar Block13 Karachi.

As many as 314 ballot papers were found without having fingerprints on them. The report said that only 6815 of the total 8, 748 ballots sent to Nadra for verification of certain polling stations were successfully authenticated.

The thumb impressions on 57642 ballots could not be compared or matched through the Nadra system because the fingerprints were of very poor quality.

The report said that 195 votes failed authentication, because someone else voted against the CNIC number mentioned on the used counterfoils.

Earlier, Nadra had submitted a report to the Election tribunal regarding voter verification for NA256 in Karachi, which had also revealed massive rigging in the elections.