General elections were held in Pakistan on 11 May 2013 to elect the members of the 14th National Assembly and to the four provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and KPK. Elections were held in all four provinces, the federal capital Islamabad and in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The remaining two territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, located in Pakistani Kashmir were ineligible to vote due to their disputed status.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has so far received 152 applications pertaining to allegations of rigging, in various constituencies and has ordered recounting in nine constituencies upon concerns shown by the candidates in their applications.

Most of the rigging was done where women went to vote as they had no experience and the presiding officers took them for a ride and registered their vote where they wanted. This was shown on many channels. I would like to request everyone that we should have helped each other in understanding how important it is to avoid all that happened. Pakistan has once again become notorious for another rigging!

AMMARAH HASHIM,

Karachi, May 20.