In response, ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh said that all polling agents had been providing Form-45 to polling agents. The form contains the final vote tally at each polling station.

Yaqoob asked all parties to approach the commission with specific complaints against ROs as well as the polling stations where irregularities had allegedly occurring.

He said that the only information he had received so far was that polling agents whose parties “were not performing well” were leaving the stations without taking the forms, and then saying they hadn’t received them.

He said that in case any proof is brought forward, action would be taken against all individuals found involved.

The provincial election commissioner in Punjab also categorically denied the allegations levelled by the PML-N.

“Political leaders should refrain from levelling such baseless allegations without having any substantial proof,” the ECP official said.

Explaining the process, the election commissioner clarified that only one polling agent of every party is allowed inside the polling station at the time of counting of votes.

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