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ELECTION COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN
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PRESS RELEASE

ECP COMPLETES 1st PHASE OF PREPARATION OF COMPUTERIZED ELECTORAL ROLLS-2011

                     Islamabad, the 8th March, 2011.-  Mr. Ishtiak Ahmed Khan, Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan has said that preparation of accurate computerized Electoral Rolls has been a constant demand of all the political parties, civil society, media and the entire nation as it constitutes the corner stone of any credible, free and fair elections. A large number of complaints from all over the country have been pouring in with regard to multiple and bogus entries in the Electoral Rolls-2007 and it was imperative to devise a foolproof system to eliminate any possibility of bogus entries in the electoral rolls. Thus, under the direction of Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner, the Election Commission of Pakistan has been making efforts in this regard for the past one year in collaboration with NADRA to prepare fresh, accurate computerized Electoral Rolls on the basis of database of NADRA pertaining to issuance of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) to all citizens of Pakistan, above the age of 18 years— a condition also required to be registered as a voter. An action plan, in this regard, was prepared by the ECP comprising three phases, as under:

i-                     Verification and augmentation of 2007 Computerized Electoral Rolls data of ECP by NADRA against their own database,
ii-                   Door to door verification of the data given by NADRA, in June/July 2011,
iii-                  Printing of final Computerized Electoral Rolls-2011 by December 2011.
 
The Secretary, ECP added that it is an historic moment in the electoral history of this country that the 1st phase of this national task has been completed and NADRA has provided verified and augmented data pertaining to 2007 Electoral Rolls that contains variances in terms of errors, multiple and bogus entries. NADRA’s analysis has confirmed genuineness of the aforementioned complaints as is evident from the startling revelations of this report, that out of total 81.2 million voters registered in 2007, only 44.02 have been verified by NADRA. The details are as under:
Detail of ECP’s data provided to NADRA
1
Voters registered in Electoral Rolls-2007 with CNIC
37,126,442
2
Voters registered in Electoral Rolls-2007 with Manual NIC
29,058,491
3
Voters registered in Electoral Rolls-2007 without identity cards
15,028,808
4
Total data provided by the ECP to NADRA
81,213,741
 
Result of verification of Electoral Rolls-2007 made by NADRA
1
2
Invalid Computerized National Identity Cards
2,140,015
3
Duplicate CNIC entries
2,491,090
4
Duplicate Manual NIC entries
6,469,310
5
Manual NIC does not exist in NADRA database
11,056,775
 
Summary Results
1
Total Unverified Voters 
37,185,998
2
Verified voters from Final Electoral Rolls-2007
44,027,743
3
Total Registered Voters
81,213,741
 
                   For the purpose of clarity, the Secretary ECP explained that after verification of 44,027,743 genuine voters from 2007 Electoral Rolls, NADRA has added another 36,520,000 voters from their CNIC database thereby making the total number of CNIC holders as 80,547,743 which are now going to be verified through door to door verification exercise whereafter final list of Electoral Rolls will be printed to be used in future elections.
 

                   In the wake of receipt of this report, the Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner has directed to expedite the completion of remaining two phases i-e door to door verification and printing of final fresh Computerized Electoral Rolls-2011 till December 2011, to solve this problem once for all. In future, any adult citizen who obtains a CNIC will automatically be registered as a voter. However, the Secretary emphasized that the draft amendments proposed in the Representation of the People’s Act 1976 and the Electoral Rolls Act 1974 to make only the CNIC as a mandatory condition for registration of voters as well as casting of vote, which has already been cleared the Senate’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice, now needs to be passed by the Parliament on immediate basis as that is a pre-requisite for completion of this task of national importance.