Typing mistake causes discrepancy in vote count in NA-68: EC

ISLAMABAD: Additional Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Dr Sher Afgan said typing mistake in a polling station result did not have any impact on the election result of NA-68 Sargodha.

Talking to mediamen here, Afgan said 15 candidates contested in National Assembly constituency NA-68 in the last general election and the winning candidate Mohammad Nawaz Sharif secured 140,000 votes.

The seat was later vacated and by-election was held in which the voter turnout was comparatively low and this time the winning candidate got 68 000 votes, he added.

He said the Election Commission feels that the result issued by Returning Officer for polling station number 246 carried a numerical typing mistake which was later corrected.

He said the Election Commission only issued ballot papers according to number of voters at the polling station. 7000 ballot papers were not even issued for the polling station concerned, Afgan added.