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PTI Probe Committee Completes Probe Into RTS Failure

Islamabad (August 25, 2018): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) held Nadra responsible for the shutdown of election results software on the polling day, said sources.

According to sources, the party had formed an investigating committee headed by PTI Parliamentary Leader in the Senate Azam Swati to look into the Results Transmission System (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 elections 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 and Swati is expected to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan today and brief him on the report findings.

The Election Commission of Pakistan, which introduced the software for the July 25 elections, 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.Committee To Probe Failure Of RTS Not Formed YetMeanwhile, the committee to probe failure of the Result Transmission System (RTS) on the night of July 25 failed to form even after the passage of 22 days.

The committee formation is undergoing a prolonged delay as both cabinet division and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) are leveling the blame on each other.

Cabinet secretary says that the matter has been forwarded to ECP after seeking advice from law ministry.

However; the commission maintains that directions have been issued to cabinet division on the formation of the committee.

Earlier on August 02, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) directed the Cabinet Division to form an inquiry committee to investigate the causes of alleged failure of the Result transmission System (RTS) during July 25 general elections.

The ECP said the Cabinet Division should form a committee comprising technical experts from National Telecom and Information Technology Security Board (NTISB) and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).The committee has been asked to analyze the RTS project, the “concept of RTS in terms of its implementability”, its preparation and finalisation by National Database Regulatory Authority (Nadra), the quality and extent of training imparted to its users, the “train of events taking place on the night of July 25 and thereafter”, fix responsibility [for any malfunction] and make recommendations for future, according to the terms of reference decided by the commission, read a letter written to the Cabinet Division secretary.

The inquiry, ordered under the powers extended to the commission under Article 220 and 218 (3) of the constitution, will have to be completed within four weeks, the letter issued from Director Elections Nadeem Qasim’s office said.The controversy around the RTS, a mobile application created by Nadra and employed by the ECP to relay results [Form 45s] from polling stations to the commission, had begun when ECP secretary claimed late into July 25 that the system had ‘malfunctioned’.

Political parties, including the PPP, MMA and the PML-N, have since demanded a parliamentary commission into the matter while Nadra officials have denied that the RTS crashed on election eve. They instead went on to claim that it could have been the commission’s Result Management System (RMS) that may have crashed adding that Nadra received results from around 50 per cent of polling stations before the commission directed its officers to stop using RTS.

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