The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has launched its preliminary report on the Gilgit Baltistan elections 2020 during which it stated that voting and counting processes had been in accordance with regulation however there have been some irregularities.
“Voting and counting processes at the polling stations [were] conducted mostly according to the law and prescribed rules, though the legally mandatory provision of Form 45 (the Result of the Count) to polling agents was reported to have not been fully ensured by the presiding officers,” stated FAFEN in its report.
The report stated that it was spectacular how the Election Commission of Gilgit Baltistan (ECGB) had succeeded in stopping political events from campaigning and canvassing for votes on election day.
However, FAFEN identified that not all polling stations had been in a position to observe the principles in accordance with the prescribed laws.
“Observers deployed by FAFEN reported an average of around three illegalities or irregularities per polling station. These included breach of the secrecy of the vote, stamping of ballots by others on behalf of voters, and voters registered at the polling stations turned away for various reasons despite having their National Identity Cards (NICs),” learn FAFEN’s report.
In addition, situations of allocation of greater than the legally prescribed variety of voters per polling sales space led to over-crowding and dysfunction at some polling stations,” it added.
The report stated that one other irregularity noticed was that the ECGB didn’t constantly present For 45 (results of the depend) and Form 46 (the poll paper account) to polling brokers inside polling stations throughout the vote counting course of.
This step, in accordance with the report, would have elevated the “integrity” of the election outcomes administration. “The problem was largely due to numbers of these forms available at the polling stations,” learn the report.
“Resultantly, the presiding officers had to issue polling stations’ results to the polling agents on plain papers under their stamps and signatures, the legality of which has yet to be established.”
FAFEN stated complaints of polling brokers being seated at a distance from the place they might not see the voting course of or different situations had been polling brokers and candidates had been barred from the ROs’ places of work throughout preparation of the preliminary outcomes, had been additionally reported.
“More serious are reports that candidates and their agents were barred from ROs’ offices during the preparation of the preliminary results in at least three constituencies, and delays in the release of provisional results on Form-47 (Provisional Consolidated Statement of Results of the Count) in more than 10 constituencies,” stated FAFEN.
The report acknowledged that impartial observers had been allowed freedom to look at the voting course of. The media, it stated, was additionally in a position to cowl the elections comprehensively.
“However, the ECGB could have released election results progressively as they were received from the polling stations to ensure that the media reported accurate official results promptly, instead of using a parallel system to gather information and report unofficial and potentially unreliable results,” said FAFEN.
The report by the physique comes after the PML-N and the PPP have accused the federal government of profitable the elections through rigging.
Maryam, in Mansehra, lashes out at govt over alleged rigging
PML-N chief Maryam Nawaz, talking of the elections not too long ago held for the Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly, stated folks got here out in droves to assist the PML-N and the “tiger” (PML-N’s election image) was seen in all places, so far as the attention may see.
Maryam claimed “no one is willing to accept the fake results” of the polls.
She stated that in 2018, “pre-poll rigging brought the selected government into power”, however this time round, “despite rigging” they had been unable to have the “fake government” win by a majority, attributing it to Nawaz Sharif’s narrative that had “reached people far and wide”.
“Now he will not be able to win even with rigging. And despite stealing PML-N candidates, stealing elections, and after having representatives installed for months in Gilgit Baltistan, how many seats did you win? After all that you did. Only eight.”
The PML-N vice chairman claimed that even these eight persons are PML-N turncoats.