Electoral registration: ECP enables voters to check status via SMS for Rs2

Published: January 6, 2012

Service to become available in February upon PER completion.

ISLAMABAD: 

A new facility introduced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) enables eligible voter check the status of registration and other particulars through SMS facilities at Rs2 per SMS.

Upon sending a CNIC number to a prescribed short code, the sender will receive a message in Urdu confirming the registration, the location (electoral area) where the voter is registered and a serial number.

Details of the procedure and codes for the service will be announced as soon as the Preliminary Electoral Rolls-2011 (PER) are ready to be displayed for 21 days at 55,000 display centres across the country.

According to sources, the service will commence in February, immediately after the completion of PER.

Those who choose to register through NADRA will have to pay Rs10 plus tax for each SMS.

ECP Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed Khan has termed the new system a major milestone in the electoral history of Pakistan as it engages over 85 million voters directly and to a great convenience.

A signing ceremony, in this regard, of a MoU between the ECP-NADRA and telecom companies had already been held on December 27, 2011,

The ECP had decided to introduce the system in November 2011. According to ECP officials, the intention for initiating this facility was to ensure the security and privacy of all citizens.

Officials further said that it is now the responsibility of every eligible voter to make sure that his/her vote has been registered and furthermore to report any discrepancy to the ECP.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Jan 6, 2012 - 10:54AM

    Great great initiative by the concerned authorities.
    This shows some structural change in the country, the decision should be implemented soon as to use this method to register for our right to vote for the true change in the leadership we’re desperately need for. Recommend

  • Saqib
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Thats greattt

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  • Jan 6, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Now thats convenient :)

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  • Jan 6, 2012 - 2:42PM

    This is a Very nice Step By ECP.

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  • luqman
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:44PM

    this is very good effort i am very impressed. thanx

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  • usman
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:53PM

    What is the code. On witch number i send my i.d card number for verification

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  • farukh jehanzeb
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:41PM

    step in a right direction :)

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  • Javed Basit Hassan
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:58PM

    This will be a silent revolution in Pakistan. The implementation of this system will have will have deep rooted effects and it will only strengthen democratic institutions of this country.

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  • Umigill
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Can we also get registered or is it jst for verification?

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  • Ahsan
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:28PM

    very good step!!!!

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  • Zee
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Thats really great, but Rs. 2 for querying and Rs. 10 for registration are too much, It should be 1 rupee for querying and 2 (max 5) for registration. Otherwise only 10% of the population would use this service.Recommend

  • amir
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:49PM

    @usman:
    It will be launched in Feb and then you can get the no on which u can send the SMS.

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  • A Ali
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:16PM

    Should be free, who is making money ?

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  • Nauman Hashmi
    Jan 6, 2012 - 6:47PM

    But Why the Rs. 10 charge for that…why not Govt should fund it. or just ask for the minimum cost to voters or subsidize this service this time.As this is all ECP fault of registering the bogus votes and keeping them in their list for too long.there are many poor people who would not be able to afford Rs. 10 for that and many are even without mobile..Do the POOR people form the part of DEMOCRACY or not?

    Govt wants its Taxes on the top of Rs. 10…Have they not super-charged the electricity bills with fuel adjustments already illegally, even when it was a fault on the part of poor planners?every person should be registered FREE on NADRA and ECP database for the first time.

    A govt should exits to help every weak and poor otherwise their very basic reason for existence is breached. Until you are given your rights, and saved from those who are strong enough to play the system your are POOR & WEAK (regardless of whether you sleep on the bare floor or you own your private jet)

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  • Reality Check
    Jan 6, 2012 - 7:03PM

    “NADRA & ECP launching an SMS voter status service Rs 2/msg, and REGISTRATION at Rs 10/msg from Feburary

    I believe this basic fundamental right to know where one is registered to vote and the knowledge of where to vote should be a FREE SERVICE by the Govt of Pakistan

    The actual cost of sending an SMS is well below 10 paisas so the question is WHO is POCKETING the MONEY?” Recommend

  • farooq
    Jan 6, 2012 - 7:33PM

    nice work by ecp ,really fantastic,this system will help for preventing fake polling

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  • Ali
    Jan 6, 2012 - 7:37PM

    10852(n) >= Rs1700million/- where n is the average number of times people send the sms and it may vary from 1 to any number.

    No wonder ECP-NADRA and telecom companies are happy! Apparently this sum equals approx 17million USD. Now it is the responsibility of every citizen to make sure this amount is invested back into the country insted of it being used for running the election campaigns of selected people. Nowhere in the world the elections could have been this much profitable thanks to a wonderful buisness strategy by ECP-NADRA. Dear fellow citizens bid farewell to the freedom to knowledge, access to public information and bla bla.

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  • Usama
    Jan 6, 2012 - 7:39PM

    i think its a milestone in empowering people to get their people elected by fair and easy means…

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  • Optimistic
    Jan 6, 2012 - 7:48PM

    well done ECP!

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  • Chaudhry
    Jan 6, 2012 - 7:58PM

    can anybody tell me whats the damn code i.e where to send the sms to get the confirmation….

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  • sohail awan
    Jan 6, 2012 - 10:53PM

    i like this. it is the easiest way to know about vote registration.thanks ECP.

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