The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday decided to use the Results Transmission System (RTS) in the upcoming by-elections. 

The Election Commission had earlier faced severe criticism after results were delayed after the failure of RTS during the General Election held on July 25, 2018.  

The delay was associated to the malfunction RTS software.

Earlier, on July 26, ECP secretary Babar Yaqoob had said that the delay poll results had been delayed due to the result transmission system malfunction while data was being entered into it. Opposition parties have since then called the election rigged and called for a probe into the RTS fault.

Following the ECP's decision to use the software in the by-election, letters directing returning officers to use the software were issued.  

According to the letters, which state that the use of the RTS is necessary, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will provide presiding and assistant presiding officers with the software on their phones.