Pakistan

Ex-election commissioner admits printing of extra ballots

ISLAMABAD: Former election commissioner Punjab on Thursday admitted the allegation of printing of extra ballot papers by the returning officers, ARY News reported.

According to details, the judicial commission to probe alleged rigging in Elections 2013 conducted its hearing during which PTI’s third witness – former election commissioner Punjab Mahboob Anwar – was questioned.

PTI’s counsel Abdul Hafiz Pirzada questioned Anwar about his supervisor under whom he was working during the General Elections 2013. In reply, the former provincial election commissioner told that he worked under the then chief election commissioner and complied with his advice.

Anwar, in his reply, admitted that the decision of printing extra ballot papers was made upon ROs’ discretion, saying that he did not seek permission from anyone for this, but informed the higher officials.

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