PTI inquiry holds NADRA responsible for RTS breakdown

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A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) inquiry into the Result Transmission System (RTS) failure has held NADRA [National Database and Registration Authority] responsible for the shutdown of the election results software on polling day, a private news channel reported on Friday.

According to the channel, the party had formed an investigating committee headed by PTI Parliamentary leader in the Senate Azam Swati to look into the RTS fault. The committee was also tasked with identifying those responsible and suggest action against them.

The team said that there is proof the General Election 2018 was free and fair but that it has still recommended to carry out a forensic audit of the software failure.

The investigation was completed on Friday and Swati is expected to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday and brief him on the report findings.

The Election Commission of Pakistan, which introduced the software for the July 25 election, faced severe criticism after results were unusually delayed on election day.

Opposition parties have since then called the election rigged and called for a probe into the RTS fault.

ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob on July 26 had said that the delay has not been caused by any ‘wicked conspiracy’ or pressure, as claimed by the opposition parties. He had stated that the poll results had been delayed due to the result transmission system malfunction while data was being entered into it.