Officials depend votes. — APP/RecordsdataThe Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has launched its preliminary report on the Gilgit Baltistan elections 2020 wherein 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 comply with the rules 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, cases 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 said that another irregularity observed was that the ECGB did not consistently provide For 45 (result of the count) and Form 46 (the ballot paper account) to polling agents inside polling stations during the vote counting process.This step, according to the report, would have increased the “integrity” of the election results management. “The drawback was largely as a result of numbers of those varieties out there on the polling stations,” read the report. “Resultantly, the presiding officers needed to problem polling stations’ outcomes to the polling brokers on plain papers beneath their stamps and signatures, the legality of which has but to be established.”FAFEN said complaints of polling agents being seated at a distance from where they could not see the voting process or other instances were polling agents and candidates were barred from the ROs’ offices during preparation of the preliminary results, were also reported. “More critical are reviews that candidates and their brokers had been barred from ROs’ places of work through the preparation of the preliminary ends in at the very least three constituencies, and delays within the launch of provisional outcomes on Form-47 (Provisional Consolidated Statement of Results of the Count) in additional than 10 constituencies,” said FAFEN. The report acknowledged that independent observers were allowed freedom to observe the voting process. The media, it said, was also able to cover the elections comprehensively. “However, the ECGB might have launched election outcomes progressively as they had been obtained from the polling stations to make sure that the media reported correct official outcomes promptly, as an alternative of utilizing a parallel system to collect data and report unofficial and doubtlessly unreliable outcomes,” stated FAFEN. The report by the body comes after the PML-N and the PPP have accused the government of winning the elections via rigging. Maryam, in Mansehra, lashes out at govt over alleged riggingPML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, speaking of the elections recently held for the Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly, said people came out in droves to support the PML-N and the “tiger” (PML-N’s election symbol) was visible everywhere, as far as the eye could see.Maryam claimed “nobody is keen to simply accept the pretend outcomes” of the polls.She said that in 2018, “pre-poll rigging introduced the chosen authorities into energy”, but this time around, “regardless of rigging” they were unable to have the “pretend authorities” win by a majority, attributing it to Nawaz Sharif’s narrative that had “reached individuals far and large”.”Now he will be unable to win even with rigging. And regardless of stealing PML-N candidates, stealing elections, and after having representatives put in for months in Gilgit Baltistan, what number of seats did you win? After all that you simply did. Only eight.”The PML-N vice chairman claimed that even these eight persons are PML-N turncoats.