Poll preparations: ECP sets up display centres for electoral rolls

Published: February 20, 2012

Commission aims to remove errors from lists across the provinces. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to remove errors from electoral lists, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has released details of display centres for the lists around the country, officials said on Sunday.

Around 50,000 display centres have been established in 129 districts of all the provinces. The electoral lists will be put on display at these centres for 21 days, officials told The Express Tribune. All voters will be able to register their complaints with ECP representatives at the centres.

The voter lists will be on display in 44 districts of Punjab, 26 districts of Sindh, 29 of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 30 districts of Balochistan. If their names are missing, voters may also get their names enrolled within the given time. The ECP has trained over 65,000 officials at display centres to correct mistakes in the Preliminary Electoral Rolls (PERs). The National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) handed over the PERs to the ECP last week.

The final electoral rolls will be published on May 25, according to an ECP spokesperson. He added that with the data entry of 81 million voters, approximately 80 per cent of data entry has been completed by NADRA with the help of 6,000 operators.

Around 11 million new voters have been added to the voter list – of the 81 million voters so far, 31 million are women.

Provincial breakdown of voters

In Punjab, 40.95 million people have been registered as voters. In Sindh, 10.93 million people, and in K-P, 10.2 million people have so far been registered as voters. Likewise, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the names of 1.68 million people have been included in the PERs. In Balochistan, 3.3 million voters have so far been registered as eligible voters. In Islamabad, 791,000 people have been included in the PERs.

Earlier, the ECP had stated that the deadline given by the Supreme Court to purge the lists of bogus votes by February 23, 2012 was ‘not humanly possible’, and had sought assistance from political parties for extension of the deadline.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • usman
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:18AM

    I don’t think so any one is going to visit these display centers. If any one wants to cast vote and his name is not there on the election day, he will raise hue and cry and defame EC on media. There ought to be a more rigorous and comfortable way of verifying one’s status. A simple way could be to send e.g your NIC number in sms to some number and get your status checked.

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  • Salman Zafar
    Feb 20, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Where can I see the list of centers?

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  • Ekram Khan
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:00PM

    @ Usman NADRA is commencing vote checking service through SMS on 23 Feb 2012 , Rs 2 will charged for it .

    @ Salman Zafar You can check the list at http://www.ecp.gov.pk

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  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd)
    Feb 20, 2012 - 1:03PM

    ECP should allow voters to check their names on the Internet.Al least Display Centres should be listed on the ECP Website

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  • Feb 20, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Good step election Commission and Nadra

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  • Insider
    Feb 20, 2012 - 2:43PM

    The display center information is available at http://ecp.gov.pk/

    Look at the right hand column with a blinking NEW thumbnail in red..:)

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  • Usman Ashraf
    Feb 20, 2012 - 5:16PM

    This is a routine requirement to dispaly voterlists for general public. Not general public but agents of local political groups will visit and ensure the registration of their supporters. I think list should be displayed on internet at this stage also. ECP has a plan to give SMS access to general public to check their voter registration.

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  • Mansoor
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:16PM

    I,ve cheked in on ecp official website n found a great work done by ecp and nadra.

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  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd)
    Feb 21, 2012 - 1:10PM

    How to use the SMS to check my name in the Voters List. Must be given Publicity.

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