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ECP activates RTS for quick transmission of poll results

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made Result Transmission System (RTS) and Result Management System (RMS) functional for prompt transmission of results from the polling stations to the district and central results system.

The ECP in collaboration with a National Database Regulatory Authority team made the system functional. RTS has crashed in the July 25 general elections, triggering serious questions about transparency of the polls.

RTS, an android based application developed by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for transmission of results from the polling station to the central results system in real time.

The commission decided to use the system despite its collapse in the general polls.

Returning officers will compile and send results via Result Management System (RMS), whereas presiding officer will use RTS for sending results to the central results system. A total 7, 185 polling stations have been connected to the RTS.

The ECP would begin receiving results after polling which will end at 5pm.

The polling for by-election on 35 constituencies of National and provincial assemblies is underway countrywide amid strict security.

The by-polls are being conducted on 11 National and 24 provincial assembly seats including 11 from Punjab Assembly, nine from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two each from Sindh and Balochistan. More than five million registered voters, around 2.3 million women and over 2.7 million men, are going to exercise their right to vote. Overseas Pakistanis will vote for the first time in the by-polls through iVoting.

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