ECP 'SMS voters’ verification service may break World Record

Published: March 15, 2012

Guinness World Records nominates ECP for launching biggest voter verification system in the world. DESIGN: GIBRAN ASHRAF

Guinness World Records nominates ECP for launching biggest voter verification system in the world. DESIGN: GIBRAN ASHRAF The ECP has asked to withheld results until the inquiry is complete.

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been nominated for launching the “World’s Biggest Voters SMS Service” of over 83 million data density and for over 100 million mobile users in the country in ‘one go” by the Guinness World Records.

According to ECP officials the Guinness World Records has issued a Membership ID and Claim ID to the commission on Thursday. The process of announcement of result will take four to five weeks.

Pakistan has now become the World’s First Biggest Voters Verification SMS Service with a voter density 83.28 Million. The system was introduced throughout the country for over 110 million mobile users in one go.

ECP claimed that the technology and resources used for the service is an indigenous effort.

According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), there are over 111 million mobile users in the country with great potential and a dense teledensity.

By using this service that was launched on February 29, eligible voters send their Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number on ‘8300’ and in response the register voter gets information regarding their electoral address, electoral Area name, Block Code, Tehsil/District and Serial Number.

In an effort to make authentic computerized electoral rolls the ECP has put on display draft electoral rolls at 55,000 display centers across and asked the general public to register their complaints at these centers before final lists were published.

Talking to The Express Tribune, an ECP official said that in the next phase the commission would also display polling station information by end of May this year, when the Final Electoral Rolls would be finalized and launched via SMS.

The new digital wireless system using mobile SMS has completely replaced the manual slip system for assigning serial number and name of the voter on every slip or ‘parchee’.

It is expected that the introduction of this system will replace the old ‘parchee’ system and hence help reduce costs. It would also assist the public in avoiding political parties agents’ influence, who in the name of providing facilitation, use to influence the public’s vote.

Very few countries, have so far, introduced this SMS based voter information, mostly available in limited areas on experimental basis, including New Zealand, Australia and India and few US state counties who have introduced it in some areas.

Previously, Malaysia had the biggest voters’ SMS verification system for 15 million voters.

In total, there are 5.6 billion mobile users in the world, wherein Pakistan ranked number 9 on the list, last year, but this year it was expected to rise to number 8 with 111 million mobile users.

Reader Comments (10)

  • asif
    Mar 15, 2012 - 10:41PM

    That’s a good news for a free and fair elections. Will the voters still have to go to the polling stations when the election days call out ?

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  • Madiha R.
    Mar 15, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Nice! That’s a good news. Keep it up ECP.

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  • Great Pakistan! Inshallah we will be rising in many dimensions in future.

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  • Shazia
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Good ECP, now its responsibility of public to use 8300 and check vote and if found any problem then visit nearest Display Center and fill the form-4 to rectify and transfer vote at place you want to be.

    Shabash ECP, keep doing good job, I also appreciate the person who introduced this great IDEA, by the way who is in ECP?

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  • Awais Ch
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:49AM

    very good initiate, Now its upto the nation, lets see how much advantage do we take from this step, Congrats to ECP…

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  • Awais Ch
    Mar 16, 2012 - 12:51AM

    @asif:
    yes, its for verification purpose only, we will have to go to polling stations to fulfill our national responsibility of casting vote for PTI. Lolx

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  • Revo
    Mar 16, 2012 - 1:06AM

    What ever Pakistan do with sincerity, it always comes out exceptional in the region
    Telecommunication is also a good example

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  • Mar 16, 2012 - 1:08AM

    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 16, 2012 - 4:34AM

    @ Asif sir, this is only a voters verification service. On election day, voters have to go to polling stations to cast their votes, except PTI supporters who will be boycotting and still hoping to win the election.

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  • Humayun
    Mar 16, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Good work ECP.

    Expat Pakistanis have been given the voting right and now they can use ‘postal vote’, I believe.

    Is there a procedure for Pakistanis whose vote is registered in their home town but they are in a different city for work / employment ?

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