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Pakistan poll panel denies rigging but owns up to ‘irregularities’

Updated on: 14 February,2024 07:33 AM IST  |  Islamabad
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The ECP noted further that conducting the elections smoothly was a ‘major operation’, which was completed successfully, according to the daily

Pakistan poll panel denies rigging but owns up to ‘irregularities’

The election commission said relevant forms were available for investigation. Pic/AFP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has refuted allegations of rigging during the vote count after the February 8 general elections but acknowledged the occurrence of a ‘few irregularities’, ARY News reported. According to the report, the electoral body issued a statement in which it acknowledged that it does not deny the occurrence of a few irregularities and that relevant forms were available for investigation.


Bilawal Bhutto. Pic/Twitter
Bilawal Bhutto. Pic/Twitter



“Immediate decisions are being taken on complaints filed,” the poll panel added in its statement. However, the election commission said the polling was organised and held peacefully despite ‘difficulties and issues’. The ECP noted further that conducting the elections smoothly was a ‘major operation’, which was completed successfully, according to the daily. On the delay in the publication of the election results, the poll panel said the suspension of mobile services on February 8 created some hindrances to the process of sending electronic data by the presiding officers (POs).


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