A record released on Friday by the Election Commission of Pakistan on the February by-poll in Daska’s NA-75 constituency has actually wrapped up that political election authorities, cops as well as the neighborhood management fell short to play their “marked duty in the requisite way as well as were discovered [to be] creatures in the hands of their illegal masters” throughout the by-election.
The controversial by-election was marred by physical violence, setting up and also the disappearance of over 20 presiding officers (POs) and also consequently, a fact-finding inquiry was introduced to penetrate into the abnormalities.
Subsequently, the Political Election Compensation of Pakistan (ECP) had actually withheld the results of the February 19 by-poll and also gotten re-election in the entire constituency after suspicion that the outcomes might have been falsified. The order was later on supported by the High court.
A by-poll was kept in the constituency in April, with PML-N’s Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar winning the competition by protecting 110,075 votes against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Ali Asjad Malhi, that had nabbed 93,433.
According to the questions record, a duplicate of which is readily available with Dawn.com, it appeared that “a constant observatory force drove or proded” presiding police officers, that fell short to execute their obligations during the by-poll.
The report– sent by Punjab Joint Election Commissioner Saeed Gul to the Political Election Commission of Pakistan assistant– claimed the declaration offered by the 20 POs who were “forcefully required to some unidentified locations invoked the point that … realities were being hidden by the POs”.
It kept in mind that while the stated POs blamed cops for the irregularities reported during the by-poll, “their declarations can never justify their neglect and also maladministration”.
” As a matter of fact, their controlled replies in the investigation of [them] being required to unidentified areas and any type of interaction or powerful technique by somebody additionally aired the uncertainty that they were vindicated or supported by a person,” the report claims.
It even more mentioned that elderly assistant administering police officers (SAPOs) additionally sustained this uncertainty.
” Statement of SAPOs exposed that a person PO voluntarily took the tamper obvious bag with him in a shopping bag.”
The report mentioned: “Inconclusive evidence, composed declarations of some POs, SAPOs, the majority of the vehicle drivers and really few of the cops workers and CDR data from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority plainly show that aforesaid POs, under some planned plan, left their corresponding polling terminals secretive cars and got to Sialkot by staying initially at Qila Kalar Wala Police Headquarters/ Satra Police Station, workplace of the DSP, Pasrur and also Mundeke etc around after nearly 08:30 pm.”.
” They stayed at some unknown building situated at Shahabpura/Ugoke Roadway near Zohra Medical Facility [in Sialkot] for more than seven hrs and also afterwards they were moved in the authorities protection to [the] workplace of the RO at Jaisarwala,” it stated. “Before reaching their destination, all the POs were changed in paddy wagon from a Toyota Hiace.”.
It was additionally noted in the query report that really few POs had taken care of to send out the results of their particular ballot stations through WhatsApp or send original results.
Moreover, the inquiry located that Daska Deputy Education And Learning Officer Farkhanda Yasmeen had actually held a meeting with POs at her residence, where the latter were advised to “favour the federal government in the claimed by-election, permit the voters to cast their ballots on copies of NIC (nationwide identification card), act on the guidelines obtained from [her] during polling and also not to trouble about the order situation if [it] turned untoward”.
The questions also exposed Sialkot Colleges Replacement Director Muhammad Iqbal Kaloya’s involvment in conferences held at the Daska assistant commissioner’s home for “controling the election process.”.
The meetings were also gone to by former special assistant to the Punjab chief minister Firdous Ashiq Firdous Ashiq Awan, to name a few, the record claimed, adding that Kolaya separately called POs to the workplace of Federal government Degree University for Boys, Daska’s principal. There, Kolaya instructed POs to reduce the voting procedure as well as not to interfere in the matters of cops as well as the district administration.
” These disclosed realities well take us to the point that [the] problem in the by-election not just includes the carelessness or maladministration of the POs. It was a preplanned fraud that might not be possible without the support from their controlling departments while they also led the path for various other persons’ participation in this evil video game,” the report said.
The inquiry additionally discovered that 17 POs had requested an exception from by-election obligations.
When the demands were scrutinised, “it was remarkably revealed that handwriting on all TCS (Tranzum Carrier Service) envelopes [including the requests] was exact same that developed further uncertainties”.
Later, TCS validated that the requests were sent on the exact same day from three various TCS centres in Sialkot, which implied “that those requests were taken care of by somebody sitting in Sialkot that purposely acted to hinder the by-election process as well as took care of to induct his/their very own blue-eyed ones”, the record stated.
” In light of the afore-described realities, it can be effectively identified that the activities of POs were dubious, they ended up being puppets in the hands of their regulating authority and even the replies sent by them in action to the accusations of this maligned act were totally stereotyped and deceptive,” it wrapped up. “Thus, the function of administering policemans carries an apparent proportion in the entire conspiracy theory that [made] the by-election a dead duck.”.
Relative to the duty of authorities, the record specified that the statements of POs, SAPOs, naib qasids, vehicle drivers as well as cops employees disclosed that relevant fire station officers and also sub-sector in-charges did not execute their tasks in the requisite manner.
As a matter of fact, “they played their … role in manipulating the whole by-election process,” it stated.
On the political election day, the record added, police personnel kept on relocating within their jurisdiction and usually went into the premises of the ballot stations as well as met polling personnel, though it was not their ambit.
Thus, “they dedicated a breach of their marked responsibility,” the record concluded. “Rather than dealing with ballot personnel and also arranging their secure transport to [the] workplace of the RO (returning officer) in time, they kept their eyes close [d] and became the part of prohibited transport of POs to some questionable place at Sialkot or elsewhere.”.
According to the report, police officer’s official automobiles “remained involved transporting or escorting some of [the] missing out on POs to some undesired areas from where they, in a form of a convoy, went to [the] workplace of the Pasrur DSP and then to Sialkot”.
” The DSP Daska was regularly in touch with them as well as he called every in-charge from his mobile, landline and additionally directed them with wireless calls but they paid no heed to his telephone calls […] After the close of [the] survey, either they mosted likely to their police stations or their houses for remainder and they were the very least thinking about the [recovery of] 20 missing out on POs from their jurisdiction.”.
About the RO and the area returning police officer, the record claimed both of them additionally stopped working to play their marked roles “with due responsibility and also commitment”.
” They moved their due responsibilities on the shoulders of team to do numerous election-related jobs,” it stated. The report included that prohibited activities “were taking place under their nose but neither they recognized that nor they took any kind of notice of it despite their substantial experience”.
It further highlighted the function of the education division in the loss of the POs and that of education and learning department officers in “jeopardising the fair, complimentary and also transparent by-election”.
It was recommended in the report that SAPOs be made bound to remain with POs from the time of gathering political election material from the RO’s workplace a day prior to the political election as well as till the time of returning the product at the workplace after the election.
The report stated that ROs may also maintain a log of cars made use of for transporting POs, along with information such as the number of persons travelling in each automobile and their time of arrival and also separation.
And “a tracking chip in the form of a non reusable bracelet bearing an unique number might be supplied to PO, so as to know about his/her place and to stay clear of such cases in future,” it added.
In relevance to this particular situation, the rechecking of the polling document of some of the POs and also SAPOs was likewise advised.
It was recommended in the report the RO and DRO might not be uploaded at any kind of administrative post and also kept away from tasks concerning elections.
It has actually been more suggested that standard operating procedures be created so regarding make certain that just naib qasids were deputed with POs at polling stations and no personal person was involved for the claimed function.