ECP received 675 complaints on polling day: Babar Yaqoob

ECP received 675 complaints on polling day: Babar Yaqoob

Karachi (Staff Report): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) received 675 complaints on the voting day for General Election 2018.

Talking to the media, ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob said on Thursday that most of the complaints were about slow service by 8300, the number for acquiring information. He said in the entire world the process of releasing results takes time.

Babar Yaqoob said that in the previous elections, almost three days spent for compilation of the results, adding that the ECP has to ensure that the results are correct before releasing them. He said the total voter turnout was 55 percent.

On late Wednesday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rejected results of 2018 elections, claiming that the ECP failed to hold free and fair elections.

Addressing a press conference along with other leaders, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif alleged that cases were registered against the party workers under terrorism sections.

Earlier, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb raised objections over the counting process and alleged that the party’s agents were being forced out from the polling stations in various constituencies.

“The counting process is being carried out behind closed doors and changes are being made to Form-45,” Aurangzeb alleged while talking to media persons. ECP has yet to respond to the PML-N’s reservations over the process.

In response, the provincial election commissioner in Punjab categorically denied the allegations levelled by PML-N.

“Political leaders should refrain from levelling such baseless allegations without having any substantial proof,” the ECP official said.