Nadra reveals massive irregularities in NA258 voting

KARACHI: Serious and massive irregularities were committed in the polling on National Assembly constituency NA258 in Karachi, revealed a report submitted to election tribunal Karachi by National Database and Registration Authority Nadra.

Candidate of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, Abdul Hakim Baloch, secured 52,751 votes and was declared winning candidate on NA258. However, Pakistan People’s Party’s losing candidate Abdul Razzaq Raja could only beg 36,329 votes.

Election results of winning candidate were challenged by Abdul Razzaq Raja, who pleaded the tribunal headed by former judge of Sindh High Court, Zafar Ahmed Sherwani, to order verification of thumb impression of votes cast at 18 polling stations of NA258 constituency.

Following the orders of election tribunal, Nadra presented a report pertaining to the verification of thumb impressions on the votes cast in NA258 Karachi constituency during May 11 general elections.

Nadra report stated that the thumb impressions on 23,432 ballots did not match through its system because the quality of fingerprints were very poor.

The report said that only 2,475 out of total 32,865 ballots were successfully authenticated by Nadra system. It said that during the process of verification, it was revealed that as many as 4,680 ballots contained invalid computerised national identity card numbers which were never issued by Nadra.

Besides, the report said that there were 435 votes which were found not registered in the constituency and the fact was ascertained on the basis of CNIC numbers mentioned on the used ballots.

According to the report, there were 1,404 duplicate votes more than once were polled by 658 voters mainly in two polling stations. It said that as many as eight votes were cast on one CNIC No. 424019748895 of Muhammad Swaleheen, a resident of Khudi ki Basti, Surjani Town.

Report further disclosed that there were 386 ballots, which were without fingerprints, which were mainly used at two polling station of constituency.

It said that finger prints on 53 ballot papers could not be authenticated as someone else cast vote against NIC number mentioned on the used ballots. It was observed that one individual Muhammad Faizan, resident of Majeed colony, Landhi, cast 11 votes against the registered female votes.

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