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ECP seeks complete biometric data of voters ahead of 2018 polls

by Zaryyab Salman
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–100 million registered voters anticipated in 2018

LAHORE: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday has written a letter to the Nationwide Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman, looking for the file of all of the voters whose biometric information is lacking with the NADRA.

The letter, accessible with Zari Information, urges NADRA to supply district, constituency, tehsil and census block-wise statistics of all of the voters current within the Computerised Electoral Rolls System (CERS) whose biometrics, fingerprints and pictures aren’t accessible with the NADRA.

 

The ECP had earlier sought the biometric file of all of the voters that fall in NA-120 forward of the by-poll however NADRA was not in a position to present the biometric information of over 29,000 voters of the constituency. The explanations cited by NADRA for not offering the info had been that fingerprints of 27121 voters weren’t accessible as their Computerised Nationwide Id Playing cards (CNICs) had been issued earlier than the induction of biometric machines, whereas 2271 voters had been the holders of Nationwide Id Playing cards for Abroad Pakistan (NICOP) and their biometric information was additionally lacking from the file of NADRA.

It’s value mentioning right here that there have been 57,265 registered voters in 39 polling stations of NA-120 the place BVMs had been used on the polling day. Solely 22,181 votes had been solid because of the low turnout in these 39 polling stations and BVMs might solely acknowledge 19,520 voters.

There have been 321,786 registered voters in NA-120 that consists of largely city and educated inhabitants and the non-verification via BVMs might additional lower if these machines are utilized within the rural constituency the place the literacy fee is kind of low. 100 Biometric Verification Machines (BVMs) put in at 39 polling station in the course of the NA-120 by-polls had did not recognise fingerprints of over 12 per cent of voters

The candidate of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) from NA-120, Dr Yasmin Rashid, had raised the problem of 29,000 unverified voters all through her election marketing campaign and she or he had additionally approached the Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) on this regard.

The ECP additionally referred to Dr Yasmin’s case pending within the LHC, saying that the credibility of voters’ checklist is at stake because of the objections raised by Dr Yasmin Rashid and directed the NADRA to finish the biometric information of all of the voters forward of the overall elections of 2018.

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