The Chief Election Commissioner

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Islamabad,

Pakistan

 12th May 2013

 Your Excellency,

REPORT OF FOREIGN AND LOCAL ACCREDITED OBSERVERS PAKISTAN ELECTIONS 11TH MAY 2013

On behalf of Ambassador Mrs Madeleine Winkler from Switzerland, the Ambassador at Large for Africa, locally accredited Observers led by the worldwide chair, Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan and myself, I have the honour Sir, to present the report of the foreign and local accredited observers of the Pakistan General Elections, held on 13th May 2013.

Please find attached various reports but I summarise the contents as follows:-

Appointees of the Electoral Commissioner of Pakistan –

International Human Rights Commission 

 WORLD CHAIRMAN & AMBASSADOR AT LARGE … DR. MUHAMMAD SHAHID AMIN KHAN

Report of Foreign Diplomatic Observers

1)      Her Excellency Mrs Madeline Winkler – Ambassador at Large for Africa – Switzerland

2)      His Excellency Sir Leslie R Angell – High Commissioner for Commonwealth Nations, Ambassador of IHRC to the United Kingdom and The Republic of Malta, Member of The Diplomatic Council.

On 11th May 2013 as part of the foreign observer mission concerning the Pakistan General and provincial Elections we covered a number of polling stations at several locations of the province of Punjab and Federal Capital  based from Islamabad.

Stating at this early point it is announced that neither of the foreign observers spoke Urdu therefore all the conversation in the main were carried out by Dr Khan or his staff.

From what we have OBSERVED we are satisfied that on the whole the Pakistan General Election 2013 voting aspects, speaking ONLY for the locations where we visited, has been conducted satisfactorily, with the following concerns.

We do however feel that the locations, management, venue selection supervision and overall control of the polling stations in general has been either barely satisfactory deteriorating to unsatisfactory.

The brief and requirements placed on Official Overseas Observers was to Observe and report back on their findings, it was not our role to interfere with the process and that has been complied with, but certain advice was given to Presiding Officers and police at polling stations as it was acute and crucial at that time to ensure that there was compliance with the rules and protocols of an election. The only ‘interference’ as such can be seen at item 3) where this action was taken purely for security purposes and to avoid the electoral process being prevented.

Sir Leslie has had involvement with the Electoral Process, an Inspector and a Presiding Officer in the United Kingdom for many years, The Republic of Malta for a short time and has observed elections in other countries.

Ambassador Winkler has had experience with the processes in Switzerland, France, Central African Republic and as mentioned is the Vice Chair of the IHRC and Ambassador at Large for African Countries.

It was found from previous knowledge in other countries that the training and preparation for these polling stations in many subjects fell below what would be expected if the Presiding Officers, Poll Clerks and Officials had received better training.  There were also concerns on crowd control, good and effective segregation between male and female electors.

The following issues are mentioned:-

1)      The security of some of the boxes was poor

a)      Voting slips were left sticking out of the top and in fact Sir Leslie removed three in the presence of another observer and the duty police officer which had been placed in after the electors had voted. They were of course returned to the box.

b)      Top flaps of the boxes were in a very high percentage of visits left open allowing access, some boxes had a far larger aperture than others.

c)      In one location the seals had already been affixed to the flap making it very easy for anyone to pull the tag and seal the box completely whereas it had been left with the  slot open ( please see a) and b) also)

2)      Fingerprint ink clearly in a number of cases had had water added to the trays so that when the voter put their finger on the paper it was merely a smudge, no discernible finger prints were seen and could not at any time be verified as a true likeness, it was simply a blob.

3)      In two locations the stamp which was to be used for marking the ballot paper was simply left uncontrolled, in one location in the presence of two other observers and another police officer Sir Leslie picked up the official stamp, keeping it in his hand, whilst officials looked for the stamp for a matter of up to 30 seconds whilst voter was calling for the stamp and could easily have walked away with it thereby bringing the vote into question if not stopping the process, should no alternate official stamp be present.

4)      In one location the political agents, the presiding officer and the poll clerks were all sitting on the same table all together sharing the table surface with their papers. This was in a very small room and the excuse was that there was not enough room – the solution being find a larger and more suitable room

5)      At one location there was no police or security presence and it was simply chaos with pushing and shoving of people queuing to try and get in to vote.

6)      At a location where male and females were using the same premises there was very very poor segregation, there was no room for an emergency, very crowded and door ways were obstructed. Police officers were not doing the control role.

7)      At many locations potential voters were spilling into the road into traffic, poor control by the police who had merely allowed crowds to form without moving them away.

8)      At many locations there was lack of control of the direct advertising of candidates by persons standing waving flags in potential contravention of page 23 S.3 (44) giving psychological pressure or as noted by Ambassador Winkler one man clearly displaying himself as a member of a certain party joining and rejoining and rejoining the end of the queue and speaking with the newly arrived voter. This was pointed out to the Presiding Officer and police officer removed. Again some lack of control in fairness.

9)      In a number of polling stations political agents were not wearing badges or name identification, although some were challenged, there should be uniformity and better supervision.

10)  It is most strongly suspected that there was unfair influence and bias being placed on female voters, men was seen handing to females their identity card and given instructions, this may well have a bearing on the final comment of this report.

11)  It was perfectly clear to the observers that there was far too great an expectation on the staff of polling stations to deal with the volume of people which were in attendance. There should have been more polling stations set up

12)  Continuing from 11) It was perfectly clear to the observers that there were too many combined area polling stations where the total numbers of people were far too great for that location, it was in our opinion dangerous and should one of those polling stations been a terrorist target there would have been a massive loss of life and many injuries.

13)  Continuing with 11) and 12) The Police and security at many locations were not as rigorous with the checking of people as they entered polling stations, specifically with hand baggage and anything carried.

14)  At many locations police and security were less than vigilant, with armed officers just sat around as people were crowding around them, poor risk assessment.

15)  At female voting areas at which we visited only ONE female police officer was seen inside a females section.

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16)  At one location where we visited, the Presiding Officer could not be found, he returned from wherever some minutes later

17)  There was very very poor recognition of the disabled, elderly, pregnant, ill who should be given priority and identified with ONE helper to enable them to vote

18)  In one location access to the voting area was along a narrow passageway in which a chair had been placed to, we assume control the access, this was tripped over by Sir Leslie and it was subsequently removed.

19)  In most if not all the process was far too slow and was very badly managed

20)  In four locations there was no real privacy to vote where the voter stood at a lecturn type desk near the corner of a room but could be observed, there was no full booth which is as per the requirements.

21)  In many locations there was no consideration for the temperature and ceiling fans were not being used with people in the rooms being most uncomfortable with clearly running perspiration.

22)  There was in general very poor clearance post voting with people just allowed to stand around with those who yet to vote or remaining on the premises, they should be removed if they fail to leave. This is part of the general control of a recognised vote to prevent ANY obstruction or persuasion or sharing of others views.

Speaking with voters, there were no complaints. No complaints were received from agents, both police and election staff reported that there were no issues to report.

(On the Police and Security Comment however we would draw attention to our comments about lack of control and supervision)

In the late evening we attended three locations where the count had been completed, there are no issues to comment on by way of procedure except one matter.

In one polling station there were 7 spoilt papers, 4 were blank, 1 was in the square of the candidate but not in the correct space, 1 had been completed by the person putting their fingerprint in the correct location and the remainder was a correct true mark on a ‘cow’ the female voter said she had got in wrong and should have put it on the ‘tiger’.  (Both four legged pictogram animals)

A comment by Sir Leslie is that any symbols should be so totally different so as not to cause any confusion especially if the voter is sight impaired. 

 BACKGROUND AND PRE ELECTION OBSERVATIONS

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVERS MISSION PRE-ELECTION MEETINGS

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVERS MISSION VISTED THE SECRETARIAT OF THE ELECTION COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN AT ISLAMABAD

IHRC Election Observer Mission met with the Additional Secretary Muhammad Afzal Khan and hold briefed discussion over the Election process in Pakistan. Both Side discussed many issues and concerns related to post election and polling proses. The Additional Secretary of Election Commission warmly received the Observer Mission of IHRC and briefed them about the efforts of the ECP to hold free, fair and transparent Election 2013 in Pakistan. He also present the demonstration on the smart phone to the IHRC Observers Mission and given answers on many questions raised by the Observers on the Election arrangements.

Both side hoped the good results of all efforts made by the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the General Elections in Pakistan.

IHRC Chief Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan presented the logo souvenir of IHRC to the Additional Secretary Muhammad Afzal Khan with the appreciation on behalf on the Observers Mission and assured that without any personal opinion, IHRC Observers will made its report to strengthen the path of Democracy in Pakistan, which will help the people of Pakistan to be empowered to have their right leadership through the election process.

IHRC Election Observer Mission headed by the IHRC Chief H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth and UK H.E. Sir Leslie R. Angell and  IHRC vice Chair for Africa Ambassador Mrs. Madeline Winkler. The IHRC Election Observer Mission assisted by the IHRC Chief of Staff Ambassador Anwar Khan, Director General Operations Ambassador Arshad Aziz Qureshi, Director Staff Mr. Zafar Saeed Satti and Director Protocol Shakil Satti during the meeting. 

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVERS MISSION VISITED PPP CENTRAL SECRETARIAT AT ISLAMABD.

IHRC Election Observer Mission met with the Former Governor  & PPP Leader At Central Secretariat of Pakistan People Party Parliamentarian Barrister Syed Masood Kausar , Former Member of National Assembly Ms. Palwasha Khan and other and had conversation over the Election process in Pakistan. Both side discussed many issues and concerns related to post election and polling proses.

IHRC Election Observer Mission headed by the IHRC Chief H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth and UK H.E. Sir Leslie R. Angell and  IHRC vice Chair for Africa Ambassador Mrs. Madeline Winkler. The IHRC Election Observer Mission assisted by the IHRC Chief of Staff Ambassador Anwar Khan, Director General Operations Ambassador Arshad Aziz Qureshi, Director Staff Mr. Zafar Saeed Satti and Director Protocol Shakil Satti during the meeting.

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVERS MISSION VISITED PML Q CENTRAL SECRETARIAT AT ISLAMABD.

IHRC Election Observer Mission met with the PML Q Leader at Central Secretariat of Pakistan Muslim League Q and had conversation over the Election process in Pakistan. Both side discussed many issues and concerns related to post election and polling proses.

IHRC Election Observer Mission headed by the IHRC Chief H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth and UK H.E. Sir Leslie R. Angell and IHRC vice Chair for Africa Ambassador Mrs. Madeline Winkler.

The IHRC Election Observer Mission assisted by the IHRC Chief of Staff Ambassador Anwar Khan, Director General Operations Ambassador Arshad Aziz Qureshi, Director Staff Mr. Zafar Saeed Satti and Director Protocol Shakil Satti during the meeting.

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVERS MISSION VISITED PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAF (PTI) CENTRAL SECRETARIAT AT ISLAMABD.

IHRC Election Observer Mission met with Deputy Secretary General/Media Advisor to Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Mr.  Imran Ismail, Rashid  Mahmood and Mushtaq Ahmed Khan at Central Secretariat of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

They hold conversation over the Election process in Pakistan. Both Side discussed many issues and concerns related to post election and polling proses. IHRC Election Observer Mission headed by the IHRC Chief H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth and UK H.E. Sir Leslie R. Angell and  IHRC vice Chair for Africa Ambassador Mrs. Madeline Winkler. The IHRC Election Observer Mission assisted by the IHRC Chief of Staff Ambassador Anwar Khan, Director General Operations Ambassador Arshad Aziz Qureshi, Director Staff Mr. Zafar Saeed Satti and Director Protocol Shakil Satti during the meeting.

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION VISITED PAKISTAN AWAMI TEHREEK AT ISLAMABD SECRETARIAT.

IHRC Election Observer Mission met with the Officials of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek at Islamabad Secretariat and discussed the reasons of election Boycott by the PAT.

The In-charge of the PAT Secretariat briefed reasons behind the Boycott of the election and polling proses and appreciated IHRC efforts to giving chance to PAT for registering their protest and opinion in front of international community through IHRC Observers Mission report.

IHRC Election Observer Mission headed by the IHRC Chief H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth and UK H.E. Sir Leslie R. Angell and  IHRC vice Chair for Africa Ambassador Mrs. Madeline Winkler. The IHRC Election Observer Mission assisted by the IHRC Chief of Staff Ambassador Anwar Khan, Director General Operations Ambassador Arshad Aziz Qureshi, Director Staff Mr. Zafar Saeed Satti and Director Protocol Shakil Satti during the meeting.

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVERS MISSION VISITED PAKISTAN MUSLIM LEAGUE (N) AT ISLAMABD SECRETARIAT.

IHRC Election Observer Mission met with the Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary President of PML (N) Islamabad and Former Member of the National Assembly at his residence and discussed the pre-election and Election Commission of Pakistan arrangements for General Election.

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Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary briefed the Members of the IHRC Observers Mission about the election process and also showed full confidence on the ECP regarding the Election process. He said we are at the support of CEC and Election Commission’s arrangements for conduction the 2013 Election by free and fair manners. He warmly welcome the deletion of IHRC observers and hope that the IHRC Observers report will show its credibility to the whole world about the Election process in Pakistan.

IHRC Election Observer Mission headed by the IHRC Chief H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth and UK H.E. Sir Leslie R. Angell and  IHRC vice Chair for Africa Ambassador Mrs. Madeline Winkler. The IHRC Election Observer Mission assisted by the IHRC Chief of Staff Ambassador Anwar Khan, Director General Operations Ambassador Arshad Aziz Qureshi, Director Staff Mr. Zafar Saeed Satti and Director Protocol Shakil Satti during the meeting.

IHRC ELECTION OBSERVERS MISSION VISITED JAMAAT E ISLAMI, PAKISTAN AT ISLAMABD SECRETARIAT.

IHRC Election Observer Mission met with the Mian Muhammad Aslam District President of Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan Islamabad and Former Member of the National Assembly at Islamabad Office and discussed the election concerns of the Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan regarding the Election Commission of Pakistan arrangements for General Election.

The Officials of Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan briefed the IHRC Observers Mission Team  about the election process and also showed full confidence on the ECP regarding the Election process. The officials of Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan and Mian Muhammad Aslam raised many question about the ECP actions towards the free and fair election and said, Jamaat e Islami is contesting the General Elections with reservations and protesting to the ECP for not taking any actions on the Jamaat e Islami’s concerns over the post-election rigging done by the many political parties.

IHRC Election Observer Mission headed by the IHRC Chief H.E. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth and UK H.E. Sir Leslie R. Angell and  IHRC vice Chair for Africa Ambassador Mrs. Madeline Winkler. The IHRC Election Observer Mission assisted by the IHRC Chief of Staff Ambassador Anwar Khan, Director General Operations Ambassador Arshad Aziz Qureshi, Director Staff Mr. Zafar Saeed Satti and Director Protocol Shakil Satti during the meeting.

COMMENTS AND SUMMARY TO DOCUMENTATION AND FINDINGS ON DAY OF ELECTION

IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE ELECTION COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN HAS FAILED TO HOLD THE FULLY FREE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT AND WITHOUT CORRUPT PRACTICES GENERAL ELECTION 2013 ADMINISTRATIVELY WITH HIGHER VOTER’S TURNOUT IN THE HISTORY OF PAKISTAN ……. 

REPORT: Election Commission of Pakistan is failed to hold the fully Free, Fair, Transparent and without corrupt practices General Election 2013, administratively with higher voter’s turnout in the history of Pakistan (expectedly 55% to 65%), even many parties boycotted before the Election and some partially boycotted during the polling. IHRC International Observers Team was monitoring the Election 2013 along with 14 accredited national observers of IHRC, supported by more than 200 local IHRC Observers.

The poll, in which some 86 million people are eligible to vote, will bring the first transition between civilian governments in a country ruled by the military for more than half of its turbulent history. Results from nearly 70,000 polling stations nationwide are expected to start tricking in from around 10pm local time.

POLLING OBSERVANCE & COMPLAINTS:-

Polling arrangements were not according to the standard as briefed by the Election Commission of Pakistan to the International Observers.

During the observance, the IHRC Observers Mission received numerous complaints of the voters for the shortage of Polling Staff and the Security was not proper, polling scheme been change in many constituencies, which cause the rigging by the supporters of candidates. The Election Staff also informed observers that there is no security provided in many polling stations in Punjab was causes the pressure of political parties on the polling staff.

Mainly the women polling Stations are occupied by the Man supporters who was guiding the women voters how to cast the vote. The turnout of the women voters were very high but untrained polling staff was deputed on the women Polling stations.

The rigging complaints were reported by the Local Election observer team of IHRC in  Baluchistan, especially in Quetta, delayed polling were also reported from the many parts of Pakistan, interfering in the polling been also reported in Punjab. The mass rigging complaints reported in the many constituencies of the Karachi, Election Commission of Pakistan also admitted the failure of election process in Karachi; it was stated by the Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan.

“In the biggest province of Pakistan, Baluchistan the department of national identity card have blocked the thousands of identity cards of people therefore they cannot cast their votes in the Pakistani election 2013. We personally know the some persons who are real Pakistani citizens but their CNIC are blocked. In these circumstances, whether the election is fair and impartial need considerations, reported by the Country Chief of IHRC Abbas Ali Advocate High Court as Chief Election Observer for Baluchistan”.

Mr. Rafaqat Gondal, Mr. Sabir Shahzad, Azam Mukhtar, from Punjab, Arshad Ayoub Bhatti from Sindh, Javed Ali Khan from KPK  and others also reported the many complaints during the polling process which will be in clouded in the final report.

According to the reports Civil Administration and polling Staff were found supporting their favorite political party’s candidates in many constituencies of Punjab and there was no changes made by the ECP and Caretaker government for the impartial and political motivated administration to hold the fair election.

SECURITY SITUATION:-

At least 22 people have been killed in bomb attacks and gun battles in Pakistan as millions of voters turned out despite the threats of violence in landmark national and provincial elections.

A bomb attack in the port city of Karachi on Saturday morning targeted the office of the Awami National party (ANP), killing 10 people and wounding more than 30, according to Reuters. Local media also reported gunfire in the city, underlining the range of risks faced by the country’s 86 million voters.

A roadside bomb in Karachi also killed one person riding in a bus of ANP supporters. In the north-western city of Peshawar a bomb outside a polling station killed one person while two more died when a bomb went off near a police van.

In the south-western province of Baluchistan, gunmen killed two people outside a polling station in the town of Sorab and a shootout between supporters of two candidates in the town of Chaman killed six people, officials said.

The violence follows a string of bombings and shootings by the Taliban, which have marred the run-up to the elections and claimed the lives of more than 130 people.

 ELECTION DAY VISIT, MAY 11, 2013

The Members of the Mission visited National Assembly Polling Stations for 48, 49, and NA-49, NA-52 which were both for the National Assembly and Provincial Assembly of Punjab. The Polling Agents in Polling Stations for NA-48 and 49 were mostly satisfied. The Mission however observed that;

  • Sufficient Polling Booths were not installed on female side of NA-48 and both male and female side of NA -49
  • There was lack of security in NA-52. There were incidents of fake polls in NA- 250 Karachi, incidents stealing ballot boxes,   5 Women were killed in Chaman Baluchistan.
  • The rush was compensated by additional one hour allowed for voting.
  • In some Polling Stations  6 stations of National Assembly From Sindh and 14 Stations of Provincial Assembly  the polls were started late and this was also compensated by the Election Commission of Pakistan by  additional 3 hours
  • There was large number of male people in Polling Station NA-52. They were apparently there to influence the polling process. They were removed with the help of Police.
  • There were media reports of disturbances in NA-53, 57 and 58.
  • SUBJECT: BIASED ATTITUDE OF RO– NA17 ABBOTTABAD I.

Sir

  • This is to bring into your notice that District Returning Officer (RO) for NA-17 Mr. Salah ud Din is baised in performing his duties regarding monitoring the polling in NA-17, Abbottabad-I. Returning Officer Mr. Salah ud Din has not provided Postal Ballots to a lot of civil servants in NA-17.  When undersigned approached him personally with a list of applicants for postal ballets, he refused to cooperate. His immediate reaction was also shocking and disrespectful. He behaved harshly and showed complacence’s. He said “I am nobody to advocate for civil servants.”
  • Being a candidate on NA-17, this is my right and duty to speak about voters of my constituency and raise voice for each and every voter.
  • To ensure fair and free polling, kindly instruct Mr. Salah ud Din (RO NA-17) to behave impartially and issue the remaining postal ballots, so that they could cast their vote on time.
  Democracy is what democracy does

Dr Muhammad Azhar Jadoon Khan

Candidate NA 17 – Abbottabad I.

Cell: 0321 – 984 2007

 

HARASSMENT & BOGUS VOTING MQM

My polling Station was Little Angel School Johar Square A7 Flat Block 7,NA-256.This polling station was inside of the Boundary Wall of flats numbering to 1900.When i entered with my daughter Dr Shumalia , i found only one tent of MQM inside, MQM didn’t allow any party to install tent as learnt. After, receiving chits wherein our serial numbers were mentioned. We stood in rows.

It was 10 o clock in the Morning, Ladies line was considerably short while i stood after about 200 persons of line. My daughter was entered in Poling Station after one hour. When she entered into Poling Station Room, she found 5 MQM activists inside of Ladies portion. After verification her Identity, the Presiding Officer gave Ballot Paper then, one MQM Man said her, Give me your ballot paper i will help you how to put stamp on symbols of candidate. She refused to give her ballot paper and gone to the curtain place then one man stood behind her. She objected & said my father is from Human Rights Commission, I will call my father. Man left the place, she put the stamp her favorable candidate. This MQM Man in cap again come & said, i was facilitating you. She silently come out. She didn’t tell me what was happened with her in Polling Station. I advised her to go home as there seems very slow polling. She left.

It was deadly slowest vote casting. Many people left without casting vote. I saw a group of 5 to 6 volgars (Badmaash) young boys of MQM, they were freely going inside again & again. No one had courage to stop them.

I saw 2 Police Men sitting under the shadow of tree, 100 yards from Polling Station, they were simply sitting.

Just imagine i reached to the polling station in 4 & 1/2 hour. When i entered i don’t find any political Agent of other Political Party except MQM activists. After verification, Presiding Officer handed over me Ballot Paper. I saw a person standing behind me.

I quickly responded by saying. Get out from here I am casting my Vote. Then very furious eyes, he left the place. I asked Presiding Officer how much vote cast till now. He replied about 500.I asked how many total votes are in this station, he said about 2000.

I left and came back 6pm at closing time. I inquired from MQM tent how many total votes cast. He said more than 700.

On the other hand, MQM Activists closed the Door of Poling station & came out after 3 hours & declared…..MQM won taking 1100 votes, no other result was declared. They started Heavy Gun fires with the slogans of Jeay Altaf Hussain.

The MQM completely captured/occupied the Polling Station with cooperation of Polling Officer & Police,

1)                  There were 700 vote cast but result declared in favor of MQM 1100, no others candidate result.

2)                  My daughter later on informed me, how she was treated during cast of her vote under harassment shadow.

Regards & Respects 

Agha Tareq H Khaan

Ambassador at Large IHRC

President IHM 

REPORTS OF ELECTION VIOLATIONS

MEDIA REPORTS:

LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday took notice of a complaint by four Sialkot Jail officials stating that they were being coerced by their seniors to ensure that all voters in the prison voted for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Election Commission Director General Sher Afgan said they had received the complaint and that it had been sent to the Punjab Election Commissioner Mehboob Anwer for inquiry.

Anwer said the complaint had been sent to the Home Department. He said the department had been directed to respond at the earliest and file an inquiry report. However, he said, they had not yet received a reply from them.

Punjab Prisons IG Farooq Nazeer said he had constituted an inquiry committee under Prisons DIG Mubashar Ahmad Khan to probe the allegation. Khan’s report, he said, had been sent to the Home Department from where it would go to the ECP. Nazeer said the complaint appeared to be a mischief by some jail officials. “There are 1,110 votes in jails all over the Punjab. This gives an estimate of five to six votes per constituency. That would not make much difference to the results anywhere,” he said.

A similar complaint was filed last week by some jail officials from Lahore’s Camp Jail against their superintendent, Ejaz Asghar.  Prisons DIG Saliq Jalal had visited the jail and decided that the allegation was false.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2013.

E- MAIL REPORT

We are/were sweeping NA 252. I visited a polling stations and there was nothing but Bat. But then it started. The MQM goons took over.

I personally visited a polling station with Samaa TV crew at Home Economics College. The presiding officer had pre-stamped papers stuffed in the back. We have it on camera. Open rigging.

Presiding officers started saying we are threatened on camera. I gave them a shouting lecture. But no use. Armed MQM goons took over other polling stations in sensitive areas as well. Army personal were sitting like fools outside. Either the ECP is incompetent or involved in this rigging. The people of this great Nation have chosen the BAT as a symbol of Change but are being robbed of their choice.

SUMMARY 

From what we have OBSERVED we are satisfied that on the whole the Pakistan Election 2013 voting aspects, speaking ONLY for the locations where we visited, has been conducted satisfactorily, with the following concerns. We do however feel that the locations, management, venue selection supervision and overall control of the polling stations in general have been either barely satisfactory deteriorating to unsatisfactory.

There is ample evidence from our own observations, that of our appointed observers without relying on media reports to consider that the 2013 have not been carried out within the criteria, control, supervision or monitoring which it needed and accordingly throughout the nation it would bring the result in to question. 

Prepared by

Ambassador Sir Leslie R Angell (United Kingdom)

High Commissioner for Commonwealth Nations,

Ambassador of IHRC to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Malta,

Member of the Diplomatic Council.

Head of the Observer Mission

Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan (Pakistan)

World Chairman & Ambassador at Large,

International Human Rights Commission 

Member of the Mission 

Ambassador Mrs Madeline Winkler (Switzerland)

Ambassador at Large & Vice Chairperson Africa,

International Human Rights Commission

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