KARACHI  - Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has blocked access to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s website owing to a sudden, massive increase in traffic, said Director-General of the ECP’s IT department on Monday.

The website allegedly started receiving 50,000 visits per minute after the ECP began uploading the nomination papers of candidates.

The DG IT said that the ECP website itself had no flaws and the commission is trying to find alternatives to bring the site back up.

The website was unavailable when the ECP began uploading the nomination papers and accessibility remained limited throughout the day.

The ECP website was defaced by an Indian hacker on Friday and remained unavailable for two days till the commission shifted the website to a new server.

The number of visits to the website has increased ahead of the general elections scheduled for May 11.