ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has begun investigations into the seizure of 90,000 fake ballot papers recovered by police in Lower Dir, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim said on Monday.
“We are investigating the culprits behind the 90,000 fake ballot papers apprehended in Lower Dir by the local police. Rest assured I will take action,” the chief election commissioner said.
On Sunday, 90,000 ballot papers were recovered from a vehicle in Chakdara area of Lower Dir, police claimed.
The police team had recovered and confiscated the ballot papers for NA elections during the search of a vehicle and that the papers were not carrying the seal of the Election Commission of Pakistan and therefore appeared fake, DIG Malakand range Obaidullah Khan said.
Two persons were also taken into custody and were booked under sections 419, 420, 468 and 471 of the PPC.
The fake ballot papers were meant for NA-34 constituency of Lower Dir.
Meanwhile, Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed hailed the action taken by the police team saying the preparation and transportation of ballot papers was being carried out under military supervision to minimise risk of ballots leakage and bogus voting.