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December 8, 2019
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ECP likely to use smartphones during by-polls

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) may use smartphones in some selected polling stations during by-elections in NA-122 Lahore and NA-154 Lodhran for transparency.

According to details, there will be a warm contest between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) in these constituencies.

A senior ECP official with knowledge of this proposal told that “We are likely to test the new technology, the proposal is to use smartphone apps like WhatsApp or some other credible application and get scanned copies of the result forms directly from the presiding officers.”

The move has been proposed in light of complaints from candidates that they were not provided attested copies of form-14 – which is the statement of the count.

As this proposal seems very attractive but it will be hard to implement it as some of the ECP members have already opposed it and claimed that every presiding officer may not have smartphone and it will be expensive exercise.