KARACHI - Nadra has told the relevant election commission tribunal that it could verify only 10,007 votes of the total 92,748 votes polled for PS-114 constituency of Karachi during the general elections.
In its report of thumbprint verification sent to the tribunal, the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) revealed that as many as 63,469 votes cast for Sindh Assembly seat could not be verified, 14,234 votes were cast on fake Computerised National Identity Card numbers and 378 votes did not belong to the said constituency.
A son-in-law of former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Irfanullah Khan Marwat of PML-N was announced victorious from PS-114 with 37,130 votes by defeating MQM’s Abdul Rauf Siddiqui who could secure 30,305 votes in the May 11 general election.
Marwat while talking to The Nation claimed that according to ECP’s detail gazette notification of returned candidates issued on June 5, 2013, the total number of valid votes for the constituency were 87,122 and the total numbers of rejected votes were 2,103, showing that the total votes cast in the election were 89,225.
How Nadra could verify 93,000 votes out of 87,000 votes, he asked, adding that the results remain displayed on the ECP website. When contacted, Nadra officials declined to comment over miscalculation of votes. Marwat claimed that Nadra was unable to verify the votes through thumb impression and they were just indulging in point scoring. He said he would defend his case in the election tribunal. He also alleged that he had pocketed 47,000 votes but the election commission staff reduced the number by 10,000 votes.
MQM’s Rauf Siddiqui had challenged the election results alleging Marwat of rigging the polls by making the entire polling staff of the constituency hostage. The election tribunal had then directed Nadra for the verification of the votes on August 3, 2013.
Earlier, Nadra had unearth massive number of unverifiable ballots in National Assembly constituencies of NA-258 and NA-256 in Karachi which were won by the PML-N’s Abdul Hakeem Baloch and MQM’s Muhammad Ali respectively.