KARACHI - The National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) submitted its report of thumbprint verification for National Assembly seat NA-256 (Karachi) to the Election Tribunal here on Monday, which revealed massive rigging.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) candidate Iqbal Muhammad Khan had won the seat.
According to the report, 84,748 votes were cast in the constituency during the May 11 general elections and 11,343 ballot papers contained invalid Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) numbers which were never issued by the registration authority.
Fake voting was observed in three different polling stations and about 791 votes were found not registered in the constituency.
Report further said there are 5,839 duplicate votes while a resident of Gulistan-e-Johar Block-13 namely Shakir Zaheer holding CNIC (42201-5796395-3) had cast seven votes. No thumb impressions were found on 314 ballot papers. The report said Nadra was sent 8, 4748 ballots for the verification out of which 6,815 were successfully authenticated and 57,642 carrying poor quality of the thumb impression were not matched by the Nadra system. About 1,950 ballots CNIC numbers did not match with CNIC mentioned on the counterfoils, the report added.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate refused to accept the results and alleged the opponent in rigging polls in the said constituency.
PTI`s Zubair Khan later challenged the poll results in Election Tribunal. ET ordered Nadra for verification of voters thumb impressions on ballot papers and PTI candidate submitted the amount of about Rs 900,000 in this regard as the Nadra has placed a charge of Rs 10 on the verification of each ballot paper.
Earlier, Nadra thumb impression verification report of NA-258 (Karachi) revealed fake votes during the May 11 election, which was won by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Abdul Hakeem Baloch.