RTS takes centre stage as all set for NA-133 by-polls


The stage has been set for the National Assembly’s Lahore constituency NA-133 By-Polls and Returning Officer (RO) Syed Basit Ali Shah has uploaded the RTS app into the Presiding Officers’ (POs) mobile phones for getting speedy results.

The by-elections in the Lahore constituency would be conducted on Sunday (today), December 05. The candidates’ electioneering campaign time was ended 24 hours before the polling day at Friday midnight.

In the NA-133 Lahore by-elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to use the RTS app as it has already been successfully implemented in some other elections including NA-4 (Peshawar) and PS-114 (Karachi).

In NA-4, the POs entered the results of their polling stations into the application along with the picture of Form-45 by using a specialized mobile phone application which was transmitted to the ECP Server.

Observing the previous good experience, the ECP has decided to use the same app in the NA-133 to get results fast from the POs.

The POs will send a photo of the result at the polling station to the RO through the app. The location of the PO will also be known along with the results through the app

According to the ECP, POs would take a picture of Form 45 in front of the polling agents of the candidates and send it to the RO on WhatsApp.

In case of a lack of internet facility at their polling station, the PO will immediately reach the office of the RO to hand over the original copy of Form 45 to him.

All the POs will show the RO an original copy of Form-45 with a Snapshot including forensic details.

The RO will review the photo and location details and store them on a computer in his office. The ECP has also given special training to the POs about to use of the RTS app accurately.

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