Feb 8 polls: ECP faces connectivity issues with Election Management System

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As the country gears up for upcoming general elections slated on February 8, the polls organising authority Saturday tested its Election Management System (EMS) which faced “connectivity” issues during the trial.

As per the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) spokesperson, though the mock text of the EMS was “successful”, the activity did face connectivity challenges causing minor issues in transmitting results to some presiding officers owing to the involvement of fibre/DSL connectivity, EMS app log-in and the steps for results transmission and editing. 

The development comes as the ECP would rely upon the EMS, an automated and modern management system developed for the tabulation of the election results, for transmission, compilation and tabulation of election results in the upcoming polls.

During the exercise involving Returning Officers’ (RO) offices at 859 locations across the country, as per the electoral body’s spokesperson, presiding officers were able to deliver results satisfactorily.

However, the official said that the aforesaid connectivity issues are being promptly addressed.

The exercise saw the effective accomplishment of result transmission by presiding officers and subsequent compilation and tabulation by ROs without any issue, the spokesperson said, adding that if a presiding officer encounters difficulty in transmitting results to the RO via mobile phone, they are instructed to personally deliver the election results to the RO’s office.

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