How election results will be prepared?

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has introduced a new results collection mechanism called Election Management System (EMS) for the 2024 general elections, which is being developed by a private company.

In the previous elections of 2018, the commission used the Result Transmission System (RTS) – an Android-based application developed by NADRA for instant distribution of results from polling stations to the recounting officers.

However, the system famously crashed after voting closed in 2018, stalling the entire process of collating and publishing results.

This year, the Election Commission introduced the Election Management System (EMS) to compile and tabulate the results of the 2024 general elections.

Speaking exclusively to ARY News, Colonel (Rtd) Muhammad Saad Ali – EMS Project Director – said that the new system is equipped with special software, which will be securely installed in the offices of 859 Returning Officers (RO). Placed, with four data sets. Logging operators, four laptops, and IT equipment.

Besides, he said that EMS has been installed on mobile phones of Presiding Officers (PO) who will take a photo of Form-45 and send it to the Returning Officer.

In case of network issue, Form-45 will automatically submit to RO once the signal is restored. The results will be collected at the Returning Officer’s office.

If the network is disconnected, the software will automatically go into offline mode. Regarding connectivity, he mentioned the presence of third parties without online and offline modes.

All set to hold general elections in Pakistan, scheduled for February 8, 2024, more than 128 million male and female voters are expected to exercise their right to vote.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 5121 candidates are in the race for the National Assembly seats, including 4807 men and 312 women. Bisexuals also participate in elections.

A total of 12,695 candidates are participating in the elections for the four provincial assemblies of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, of which 12,123 are men and 570 are women.

There are a total of 128,585,760 registered voters across the country, of which the highest number, 73,207,896, are in Punjab. Sindh is second with 26,994,769 registered voters and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is third with 21,928,119 voters. Balochistan has 5,371,947 registered voters and Pakistan’s capital Islamabad has 1,083,029 voters.

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