The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has initiated a probe into an audio clip of a mysterious call from an identified person ordering the closure of the Result Transmission System (RTS) on July 25, the election night.
The agency has started this probe on the request of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The ECP made this request in a letter written to Director General FIA stating that the sound bite in a USB drive has been sent to the agency for a forensic test.
The audio clip contains the voice of a man telling the presiding officers that “there is a major issue with the RTS and using it is not a mandatory option for us”.
The ECP has requested FIA to address the matter swiftly. The ECP revealed this information while giving a briefing on the RTS failure to the Senate Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The audio clip was also played in the Senate proceedings.
Previously, a rumor was circulating that the voice belonged to some provincial election commissioner. However, a senior ECP official rejected it, stating that dispersing such instructions in the entire country in such a short time was not ‘humanly’ possible.
He also stated that the RTS was working well on the server side; the glitch was on the client side.
It needs to be mentioned here that the RTS system was introduced for the first time in the General Elections 2018 to ensure the speedy tabulation of polls.
However, the idea became controversial when election result transmission stopped suddenly a few hours after the polling ended. Later, the ECP announced that the RTS system collapsed and the commission has to resort to the conventional method of the tabulation of polls.