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Poll body’s new app hits snag as authorities grapple with delays

Members of polling workers depend the votes after the polls closed for parliamentary elections, in Peshawar, Pakistan, 8 February 2024. AP

The Election Fee of Pakistan’s new app designed to assist officers tabulate and collate ballot outcomes swiftly was hit with main challenges on Friday as authorities have been scrambling to announce the outcomes after an extended delay.

ECP’s brainchild, Election Administration System, was created to transmit outcomes from polling stations to a centralised system the place tabulation of all outcomes would happen and Returning Places of work could be accountable for a similar.

Nonetheless, after the declaration of outcomes was delayed by a number of hours on 9 February, the ECP’s declare about its app’s function of asserting the outcomes with out utilizing the web fell flat.

On polling day, the web was suspended in your entire nation. This snag introduced surprising adjustments, primarily for Presiding Officers at a number of polling stations on Thursday night, who discovered themselves unable to transmit the ultimate outcomes of their respective stations utilizing the much-touted and homegrown system, the Daybreak newspaper reported.

This isn’t the primary time one in all ECP’s expertise has confronted a hurdle on its method. In 2018, the ECP’s Consequence Transmission System (RTS) was clogged when 1000’s of polling stations started sending outcomes from all components of the nation, inflicting delays within the announcement of outcomes of some constituencies, which was exploited by the shedding events as an alleged aware effort to rig the outcomes.

The CEC was anticipated to handle a press convention, however as an alternative, Particular Secretary Zafar Iqbal appeared on state-run PTV simply earlier than 3 am on Friday to announce the primary official outcomes from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial meeting.

Within the transient announcement, he squarely blamed the suspension of web and cell phone companies for the delay within the compilation and announcement of outcomes.

The ECP had claimed that the countrywide check run of EMS had been a ‘success’.

With inputs from PTI

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