PESHAWAR: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza Khan has said delay in election results announcement was caused by a technical issue in the system of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Addressing a late-night press conference in Islamabad, the CEC expressed displeasure that a lot of hue and cry erupted on just a “two hours” in poll results. Making an announcement of the first result of PP-11 Rawalpindi-6, he said Chaudhary Muhammad Adnan of the PTI bagged 43,086 votes, while Raja Arshad of the PML-N secured second position with 24,000 votes.

The CEC refused to announce the final results and said he cannot go ahead of the system. He also rejected the allegations of rigging raised by certain parties.

Earlier, he thanked all institutions, including Army, media, and judiciary, which helped in the conduct of general election in a free, fair and transparent manner. Sardar Mohammad Raza said the election was hundred percent fair and transparent.