NADRA to launch voter verification SMS facility

Published: December 29, 2011
Voters can confirm registration by sending CNIC number to a specific code through text message.

Voters can confirm registration by sending CNIC number to a specific code through text message.

National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has decided to introduce a new SMS service which will allow voters to verify their vote registration and particulars in the voters lists, said Deputy Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik in a press release released Wednesday.

A press release from Deputy Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik says that the service will be launched after the publication of preliminary/unconfirmed electoral rolls (PER) for public display. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is considering more than 50,000 display centers countrywide where PER will be displayed.

To avail the service, the potential voter will send his CNIC number to a certain code provided after which he will receive a message in Urdu which will confirm his registration, the location (electoral area) where the voter is registered and his serial number in electoral rolls.

Nadra and ECP signed agreements with three telecom companies on Wednesday to forge a partnership for the launch of this service, while Nadra has also developed an SMS service application.

While lauding the service and Nadra role’s, Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan said that it is a milestone to facilitate the voters and it will be “a great convenience to the citizens to be able to check their vote status through e-governance using state-of-the-art technologies for the first time in the world.”

He appreciated the cooperation offered by the Ufone, Warid and Telenor in this effort leading towards free and fair elections in the country.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • waqas
    Dec 29, 2011 - 3:40PM

    greatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt :))))) now am desperately waiting for that code. when are you going to float it sir ?


  • rehman
    Dec 29, 2011 - 3:51PM

    gud job nadra


  • Shabnum
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:27PM

    Great development, I hope this is genuinely implemented.


  • Dec 29, 2011 - 4:42PM

    Great job done by NADRA now the fake democrats should leave the politics.
    The credit goes to Imran khan who strive to wake up the nation and its institutions.


  • Dec 29, 2011 - 5:15PM

    This will be helpful- and most of all its all about ELECTION 2012


  • Shahid
    Dec 29, 2011 - 5:52PM

    Good job…. Now PTI will clinch the lead in next polls :D


  • Ahmed Khan
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:05PM

    woow thats very power full thing thank you NADRA


  • Kamaal
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:24PM

    AWesome i hope they introduce Biometric polling system as well.


  • Ahmed
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:44PM

    no they should devise some mechanism to verify candidate’s degree also !


  • I wonder
    Dec 29, 2011 - 6:50PM

    Electrol is not final yett
    NADRA will make lots of money


  • sttaq
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:30PM

    Its a good move but it appears af if they are planning to make money out of it by charging people for the service. I hope they also make available a web portal/interface where we could check this info.

    Finally, I also hope for a transparent voting system where we would be able to check our vote and view its effect on the final count in a poll. This could be easily done by tagging our votes with unique bar code – which then we could use to monitor its final impact. It would be something very similar to the mechanism used by postal companies for providing tracking on posts/pacels. I believe with the current CNIC system in place this would be a fairly easy task. Our CNICs could also be used for voting as they are machine readable. All we would have to do is scan our CNIC using a specific machine and vote for our favorite candidate. I wonder if this would be implemented. Its possible and its easy but not politically.


  • hamza khan
    Dec 29, 2011 - 9:54PM

    NADRA…another milestone and forgotten from president musharraf. good work.


  • Dec 30, 2011 - 1:21AM

    Good but what if a certain CNIC appeared to be unregistered?


  • Abdul Waheed Sario
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:19AM

    That’s right nd so GREEEEEEEEEEEEAAT NADRA TEAM thanks.


  • Shafique
    Dec 30, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Good NADRA. She is always good. She has done number of other good jobs. Well DoeRecommend

  • majid ali
    Jan 4, 2012 - 1:30PM

    this is a great effort for all.
    i think if b borm also available on website its has a good facility for all.


  • Muhammad Imran
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:51AM

    NADRA which is introducing vote registeration confirmation service by an sms is very nice. Pepole will be able to know their vote reg status. But here i want to add my suggestion that NADRA should provide that facility on website which will be more helpfull tn acheaving gol. I request also do it.Recommend

    Jan 24, 2012 - 9:57PM

    It will be the awesome development in this field & first time in the world… will help all the Pakistanis to check & confirm his entry in voter will save the time & money of our country & peoples.Great job done by ECP.We are waiting for the code.


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