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Only 40pc votes verified in NA-122 polls: Nadra

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AYAZ IMRAN

LAHORE:(APS) Only 73,478 votes polled in Lahore’s NA-122 in the May 2013 general elections could be “authenticated”, a National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) report said on Saturday.

The detailed report on alleged rigging and malpractice in the NA-122 polls submitted to the election tribunal says that the finger prints on the counter-foils of only 40 per cent of the total polled votes correctly matched with fingerprint data of the registered voters held with Nadra.

A total of 93,582 votes polled did not have verified thumb impressions on counterfoils.

Earlier in January, a report by a local commission had stated that NA-122’s winning candidate Ayaz Sadiq had obtained 92,393 votes and Imran Khan had managed to secure 83,542. According to that report, the remaining 4,180 votes were polled in favour of other candidates.

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Of the total 180,115 polled votes, today’s report by Nadra suggests that only 40 per cent of the votes have been verified by Nadra’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

The Nadra report further said that 6,123 votes were cast using invalid Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) whereas 370 votes did not have CNICs mentioned.

The report also says that 570 people who voted in NA-122 were not registered there. Furthermore, 1715 votes did not have finger prints on counter-foils.

The report also says that in the constituency, 73,478 votes are verified.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Advocate Anees Hashmi, however, today quoted the report as saying 136,000 votes were unverified.

After the report was submitted, the election tribunal adjourned the hearing and Judge Qazim Ali Malik has summoned Nadra’s DG Syed Muzaffar Ali on May 16 to record his statements before the tribunal in court in order to confirm the report.

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