What is Form 45?

05:24 AM | 26 Jul, 2018
What is Form 45?
LAHORE - Millions of Pakistanis are awaiting the final results of Wednesday’s general polls as the Election Commission (ECP) is yet to release an important election document – the Form 45.

Form 45 is a document which contains data of every candidate with their names as well as how many votes they received. It is signed by Returning Officers and polling staff after the vote count.

The polling agents are supposed to stamp and thumbprint it for the record. It was supposed to be sent via the Results Transmission System (RTS), but now, according to the ECP officials, votes dropped in the ballot boxes are being manually counted by presiding officers and assistants present in polling booths.

After the count, officers will transfer these boxes into sealed bags provided by the ECP. The bags will then handed over to the Returning Officer (RO) who will give them to the District Returning Officer (DRO).

The DRO will then submit them to the ECP's offices or storage houses: green bag for NA, white for PA and blue for unverified.

Dozens of candidates from PML-N, PPP, MQM have complained of not receiving Form 45, even hours after the ECP's deadline to announce the final results expired.