ECP says will take 'stern action' against stamped ballot papers found in Karachi - Pakistan Today

ECP says will take ‘stern action’ against stamped ballot papers found in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: The Election of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday said that strict action will be taken on the alleged recovery of some ballot papers from a garbage dump in Karachi, summoning a detailed report on the matter from the Sindh election commissioner and concerning polling staff.

Taking notice of the incident, the ECP spokesperson told the media: “The electoral body has decided to take strict action on this matter. The commission has asked the provincial election commissioner, the concerned district returning officer (DRO) and returning officer (RO) to submit a detailed report.”

Just three days after the general elections were held across the country around a dozen ballot papers were recovered from a garbage dump near Qayyumabad area of Karachi.

The ballot papers were reportedly stamped to favour the Pakistan People’s Party candidate from the NA-241 constituency, Moazzam Ali Qureshi, raising suspicion among the contesting parties over the electoral process.

Qureshi had approached police for registering an FIR [First Information Report] the day the papers were found. However, the police had advised the candidate to approach the concerned DRO to look into the matter and initiate a proper inquiry.

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