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Electoral truths

By Fahim Zaman
Updated about 5 hours ago


The writer heads the Dawn Elections Cell.


PAKISTAN Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders have repeatedly claimed there was “massive rigging” in the 2013 elections. Let’s examine the veracity of that claim.

Imran Khan’s allegations have maligned then Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) chief, retired Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, and the caretaker set-up at the time, because he maintains that they, together with Nawaz Sharif, snatched the last election from him.

According to the ‘principles of electoral swing’, only a small per*centage of voters, ie 3-5pc, that traditionally vote for Party A, vote for Party B which gives the latter a lead of 6-10 percentage points, while the remaining disillusioned voters tend to abstain from voting altogether.

The poll outcome was in fact in consonance with statistical models projecting final results. Although the PTI manifesto appealed to urban youth, it was folly to believe it could sweep urban Punjab — the PML-N’s heartland where the party has won an overwhelming number of votes during earlier elections.

In rural Punjab, the PPP’s poor performance during the last five years and PML-N’s incumbency combined to help the latter at the hustings.


The ECP took several measures to ensure poll transparency.


Article 218 of the Constitution devolves the responsibility of holding free and fair elections on the ECP, which “shall consist of Commissioner who shall be the Chairman of the Commission; and four members, each of whom has been a Judge of a High Court from each Province”.

In July 2012, parliament unanimously approved Mr Ebrahim as chief election commissioner (CEC). Under his leadership, the electoral body took several important measures to ensure electoral transparency.

The National Judicial Policy Forum headed by Pakistan’s then chief justice, in response to appeals from the CEC and political parties, placed 900 judicial officers, including sessions, additional sessions and civil judges at the ECP’s disposal to perform their duties as returning officers (RO).

This was done reluctantly because the Judicial Policy 2009, in order to reinforce its separation from the executive, had laid down that the judiciary was to play no role in the electoral process.

The ECP’s efforts resulted in the deve*lop*ment of an elaborate Computerised Electoral Rolls System; electoral rolls were printed with voters’ photographs and CNIC numbers; magnetised ink — recommended by Nadra — was produced by the Pakistan Council of Sci*entific and Industrial Research to affix voters’ thumb impressions on the rolls. (The special ink was developed to better identify voters through magnetic as well as optical readers.)

Polling stations were assigned on the basis of 2011 population census blocks. An SMS 8300 service was set up to help voters confirm their registration and the location of polling stations.

Electors were provided the oppor*tu*nity to get themselves enrolled in consti*tuencies of their residence, while CNIC data was used to ensure one vote per individual.

Higher grammage paper, not available in the market, was used to print ballot papers at the Pakistan Printing Corporation facilities in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi and the Security Printing Press, Karachi. To ensure that electoral materials were not tampered with, strict military cordons were maintained around the printing sites.

During printing, employees stayed at the facilities without access to visitors, mobile phones or electronic devices.
Materials were transported to district ROs’ camp offices under stringent security provided by the army and Rangers.

CNICs were checked, thumb impressions placed on electoral rolls, votes examined and counted, and results announced by the ROs in the presence of candidates’ election agents, and copies of the results were supp*lied to them.

The Represen*ta*tion of Peoples Act, 1976 provides can*didates the right to approach ECP for re*dress of their grieva*n*ces and recount of votes. Under Section 52 of the Act, after 60 days, candidates can only file appeals with election tribunals.

The 15 tribunals constituted by the CEC have the authority to open, recount, recheck votes and results. Against 849 assembly seats, a total of 402 appeals were filed before the election tribunals, out of which 312 have been decided.

Out of 241 PTI candidates who contested National Assembly seats, 27 returned as winners, 76 as runners-up and 138 at third position or lower. Only 29 PTI candidates filed petitions with election tribunals — 17 in Punjab, six each in Sindh and KP.

While 18 appeals have been decided, 11 remain pending along with those by 79 other candidates. Even assuming that all 29 appeals were settled in PTI’s favour, how would that have changed the final outcome?

This is not to suggest that individual can*didates did not or could not have tried to rig their contests. Nor it is in any way suggested that substantial electoral reforms are not needed.

However, if Mr Ebrahim or the ECP wanted to rig the elections, why would they undertake such elaborate and unprecedented efforts to prevent electoral fraud?

The writer heads the Dawn Elections Cell.
[email protected]
Published in Dawn, September 8th, 2014



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NasNY

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar’s statement that 60 to 70 percent votes in every constituency could not be verified by the National Database and Registration Authority
 

Londonguy

Senator (1k+ posts)
No matter how much money PMLN spends on damage control with this sort of nonsense, they are fighting something they cannot beat

They are NOT fighting a losing battle

They have already lost the battle.

NO one in their right mind would now believe a Prime Minister who lies so blatantly in Parliament

A Prime Minister who sits in Parliament being shamed by ALL sides for days on end, and in the end apologises on behalf of his own Minister

A Prime Minister who has completely lost touch with reality and in his vanity tries to cling to power as the Country goes to the dogs

A Prime Minister who does NOT have the courage to face down his critics by going on television and saying I did not cheat but if it is found out that I did, I will leave politics

A Prime Minister who is interested only in hanging on to power no matter what the cost. If he is so honest clean and fair, another election would merely return him to power

A Prime Minister who hoards power by leaving half the Cabinet posts unfilled as if he is running a Banana Republic and afraid to trust even his own Party members.

It is a question of when he goes, not if anymore. PMLN will be no more a year from now................. at the very least the N will be X (unknown)
 
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gorgias

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
الیکشن دھاندلی کی بات مفروضوں کی بنا پر نہیں بلکہ حقائق کی بنیاد پر ثابت یا رد ہو سکتی ہے۔

اور ابھی تک کے حقائق کو کچھ اور کہہ رہے ہیں۔ ابھی دو دن پہلے حلقہ 128 کا تجزیہ ہی کر کے دیکھ لو۔
 

Dr. PTI

MPA (400+ posts)
Writing A Single Line of TRUTH is difficult for these Journalists, i.e.
"OPEN FOUR CONSTITUENCIES..."

My temporary and permanent address is same for last 30 years...but this time my polling station was 20 KM away from my home...WHY? I manged to change my vote near to my home.
This happened to Approximately 10% of voters. Only fraction of these voters either shifted their votes near to their home or traveled 20 KM to cast their votes. The PML-N workers had all this data available and they cast fake votes. This is also one reason of great number of fake/unverified votes.
 

WatanDost

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
بھوتنی کے
اگر دھاندلی نہیں ہوئی تو ١٤ مہینے کا ٤ حلقوں کی تحقیق کا
حمل کیوں ٹہرایا ہوا ہے ؟؟؟


مینڈیٹ نامی بچہ حرام دا ہے اس لئے ، کیا سمجھا

کالم کالا کرنے سے حلال کا نہیں ہو جائے گا
 

khanaman

Senator (1k+ posts)
Well if the system was as foolproof as the article suggests we would not have the issues which are now documented facts; last minute changes to polling schemes, missing documentation, fake votes, unstamped votes, missing votes, unverifiable votes and we would not have seen all the videos of ballot stuffing etc. Seems like the author of this article has been living in a capsule for the last 16 months and has been completely disconnected from outside world
 

khanaman

Senator (1k+ posts)
The main criticism on Fakhruddin Ebrahim is not that he rigged the elections himself but that he did not do enough to stop it and allowed others in ECP and the Chief Justice to control the whole process
 
بھوتنی کے
اگر دھاندلی نہیں ہوئی تو ١٤ مہینے کا ٤ حلقوں کی تحقیق کا
حمل کیوں ٹہرایا ہوا ہے ؟؟؟


مینڈیٹ نامی بچہ حرام دا ہے اس لئے ، کیا سمجھا

کالم کالا کرنے سے حلال کا نہیں ہو جائے گا





الحمد للہ


یہاں تو پیپسی برگر "تلاوت" کرنے میں مصروف ہیں


ماشا الله - ماشا الله




عدیل صاحب، مبارک ہو - انقلاب آ گیا ہے



 

Galaxy

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Pakistani judges are corrupt to the core.Dont expect any thing from them.where you think this saying comes from .Wakeel na karo judge kar lo
 

Respect

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
What kind of nonsense is this

All parties have send themselves that rigging has taken place

PTI asked for 4 constituencies to be opened they put amense pressure on media, jalse and parliament bu noon league and there friends in election commission refused to do that.

Media evidence on certain booths where rigging was taken place

Of govt is so confident open all boxes front of media live camera
Afsal Khan testinomy

Chudary nisar himself said
 

Zainsha

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
4 halqay khul Gaye to in ko iss tarah kay column likhne kay paise kon de ga.. Asaan kaam naheen karna.. Muskil aur mehnga kaam kiyay jaao..
 

Rizwan2009

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)


الحمد للہ


یہاں تو پیپسی برگر "تلاوت" کرنے میں مصروف ہیں


ماشا الله - ماشا الله




عدیل صاحب، مبارک ہو - انقلاب آ گیا ہے




کينڈا ميں بيٹھ کر تبصرے کرنا اور نواذ شريف کى پاليسيوں کو سراہنا بہت آسان ہے ليکن پاکستان ميں رہ کر بجلى کے لمبے چوڑے بل دينا دل گردے کا کام ہے کبھى آؤ نا پاکستان خوشبو لگا کے
 

Respect

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Some of the booths that have been opened massive scale rigging has been proven, open the rest if you dare but i doubt it otherwise Major political parties Will not have place too hide
 

jason

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Jesa kay afzal khan keh raha tha kay in tribunals ko iftikhar chaudhary laga kay gia tha aur inhon nay muk mukka kia huwa hay bachon ku nokrian dilwai hui hain tu inki oladon ki tehqeeq honi chahyey kay kon kahan pr lga huwa hay.
 

Politcs

Minister (2k+ posts)
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisars statement that 60 to 70 percent votes in every constituency could not be verified by the National Database and Registration Authority

Because bio metric inc was not used properly. Pakistan is the only country which used bio metric inc for vote verification process. This was a stupid decision and no other country did this before. Election commission do not have their own staff before selecting any technology they should make sure that they have enough trial before approving it.

in pakistan till today no criminal is convicted on finger prints and we start using it for million of votes. No international observer report any planned and mass level rigging other that local level mismanagement which was bound to happened.
 

Londonguy

Senator (1k+ posts)
Because bio metric inc was not used properly. Pakistan is the only country which used bio metric inc for vote verification process. This was a stupid decision and no other country did this before. Election commission do not have their own staff before selecting any technology they should make sure that they have enough trial before approving it.

in pakistan till today no criminal is convicted on finger prints and we start using it for million of votes. No international observer report any planned and mass level rigging other that local level mismanagement which was bound to happened.

I HAVE TO RESPOND TO SUCH CRAP

Sometimes the BULL SHT just gets too much and then there is worse than even BULL SHT.............

What a sweeping statement. YOU cannot back up such a load of shiit

but it is typical of the ignorance that prevails your sort of politics

EXCLUSIVELY for your IGNORANT self............... You MUST be a supporter of Nawaz S Or Asif Z ?

Malayasia Ghana Cameroon have ALL used GENUINE INK in their elections in the last few years............


DO NOT blame the Ink Blame those who ensured that the ink was an excuse.........
 

M javed

Banned
THE ROGUE IMRAN KHAN
You can not claim truthfully the evidence you are relying upon to-day is the same that was originally on 11th May, 2013 that is at the time or immediately after the elections were held.

In a corruption ridden culture where you can get done anything with bribe or official influence.

Nobody is going to think over the question - who, why, how and what means were used to break the seals of bags or the bags were made missing or all the vital information stolen and filled with rubbish or original votes replaced with fake votes and fake thumb impressions.

Do you think such a tempered and manipulated evidence must be accepted to grant validity to the claim of rigged elections.

I have an example to show - a person was killed with gun wounds but the culprits with a view to confuse the administration of justice drastically altered the evidence by enlarging the gun wounds with the use of daggers or the head of the murdered was made to disappear altogether not to enable his identity be proved.

Therefore, the electoral bags now available cannot be relied upon as a credible evidence to arrive at the truth of what the actual facts were on 11th May, 2013 or immediately after without the evidence having been tempered with.

So, the best advisable is don't shatter the unity of the nation and let a Supreme Court Commission be formed to conclude whether a systematic rigging overriding the currently available ultimate outcome has taken place if so the Commission must decide what to do next.

Let us be Pakistanis, behave Pakistanis and keep in mind the national interests all the time we take a step otherwise these political animals like Imran, Qadri, Sheeda Talli, Shah Mehmood, Ch. brothers will destroy whatever peace you have now.

May Allah help us in noble and national cause to be a prestigious nation in the comity of nations.
 
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