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ECP says polling underway smoothly as voters complain of irregularities

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Voters complain that electoral rolls are missing, presiding officer not present in NA-236 constituency of Karachi

A police officer frisks a voter at the entrance of a polling station during the general election in Karachi, Pakistan February 8, 2024. — Reuters
A police officer frisks a voter at the entrance of a polling station during the general election in Karachi, Pakistan February 8, 2024. — Reuters
  • Polling process in NA-236 going on without any delay: ECP spox.
  • PPP’s Muzammil Qureshi demands ECP take notice.
  • Voters complain that presiding officer not present at polling station.

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Sindh chapter has said that polling in Karachi’s NA-236 constituency is underway smoothly as voters complained about the absence of voters’ list and polling staff.

“The polling process at the polling station in NA-236’s Abul Hasan Isfahani Road going on without any delay or interruption,” a spokesperson for the Sindh ECP said in a statement.

The spokesperson referred to the media that the polling process has been delayed at the polling station.

The Sindh ECP spokesperson cited a returning officer as saying that the polling process in the constituency is underway peacefully.

The polling station No 176 of the constituency was not established at Shaheen School due to which voters faced trouble in casting votes.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Muzammil Qureshi demanded the ECP to take notice of the situation in his constituency.

Likewise, voters at Hashmat Memorial School complained that voters’ list was not available at polling station number 153/111.

A presiding officer said those voters who have code can cast their ballots and said that he cannot issue ballot papers without record.

Likewise, voters also complained that the presiding officer was also not present at polling station established at Al-Noor Public School in NA-236.

MQM-Pakistan’s Hasan Sabir, PPP’s Qureshi and Muhammad Osama Razi Khan of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) among other candidates are vying for the NA-236 seat.

According to the data of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 5,336 polling stations have been established in seven districts of Karachi. From the point of view of security, 3,038 of them are highly sensitive, 2,170 sensitive and 128 normal.

A total of 575 candidates are in the run for the 22 NA seats, and 1,406 for the 47 PA seats. 

The ECP established nine dispatch centres in the city for the provision of the electoral materials. Police provided security for their transportation to the polling stations.

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