Karachi: An elections observer group in Pakistan has confirmed reports of rigging at some polling stations in Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi. The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has provided statistics supporting reports of rigging at several Karachi polling stations where voter turnout was abnormally high. Since the elections were held on Saturday, the media and many political parties, including Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Jamaat-e-Islaami, have alleged rigging at many polling stations in Karachi to secure big wins for the Mutthaida-e-Qaumi Movement candidates.
According to a report in Dawn newspaper, the statistics registered in at least five polling stations show rigging trends since the number of votes polled far exceeds the registered voters, according to the data from FAFEN. Polling stations with over 100 per cent votes polled include Orangi Town, Model Colony, Malir Colony and Shah Faisal Colony. The National Assembly constituencies affected by the apparent malpractice include NA-242, NA-256 and NA-257. According to the statistics, 2,508 and 1,484 votes were polled at NA-242 Orangi Town's polling station (PS) 80 and 2, while the respective number of registered voters was 1,349 and 1,230.
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