ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has informed the Supreme Court that the record of 24 polling stations has been found while record of five polling satiations is still missing in NA-110 Sialkot wherein Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif got victory in last general elections.

ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Fateh Muhammad on Saturday submitted a report in the apex court, which is hearing the PTI candidate Usman Dar’s appeal against the rejection of his petition by the Election Tribunal.

The report says according to the District Account Officer the record of polling stations Nos 81, 101, 118, 121 and 218 could not be found.

The ECP further informed that the record of polling stations Nos.12, 21, 22, 38, 47, 54, 68, 73, 76, 84, 107, 116, 124, 132, 134, 138, 150, 170, 186, 202, 203, 215, 216 and 217 has been found.

The Returning Officer has transmitted the counterfoils retrieved from corresponding polling bags of the provincial assembly constituency to the NADRA. However, he has reported now the counterfoils of NA-110 Sialkot with respect to polling station No 132 are missing and out of five missing polling bags, counterfoils of polling station No.118 and 121 are still missing. “After the consolidation of result, the sealed polling bags in respect of polling stations containing used–un-used ballot papers and counterfoils are deposited in the respective treasury of the District Account Officer,” it added.

The report says that DAO has admittedly received 227 sealed polling bags (white colour) in respect of NA-110 from the returning officer as would appear from inventory.

“The responsibility of missing bags squarely lies on the concerned DAO/TO. The DAO is custodian of elected material on behalf of the ECP. The matter was placed before the Chief Election Commissioner for appropriate order, who has launched inquiry against DAO and all other responsible for the missing record,” it added.

Meanwhile, the ECP while submitting a separate application has sought guidance from the top court regarding the holding of local government elections of mayor, deputy mayor, chairman and deputy chairman in Sindh and Punjab due to the retirement of four members of the commission.

The application stated that the commission is not functioning and the timeline of 90 days provided for the completion of the election process of the remaining local bodies in the province of Sindh cannot be implemented.