The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) have still not finalised ‘error free’ computerised electoral rolls, despite the apex court’s deadline being today.
Sources in both the organisations told The Express Tribune that even if the new lists were made public in coming weeks, there will still be a possibility of errors, which will have to be pointed out by voters so they can be rectified.
“You can say 98% of the work is complete,” an official associated with the project stated, adding that the lists will not be able to be made public in coming days.
The ECP had assured the Supreme Court that it would finalise what it calls ‘error free’ computerised electoral rolls by the end of May. The commission, for the first time in the country’s history, is preparing electoral rolls based on computerised national identity cards. Almost 47% of entries in the electoral rolls used in the 2008 general elections were declared dubious.
As part of its electoral reforms programme, the ECP launched a project to update electoral rolls, which was due to be completed by the end of 2011.
Officials said that, during the data compiling process by Nadra, many errors were detected and it is believed that the new draft will still carry mistakes, which can be fixed in coming weeks.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2012.
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