ECP asks NADRA to help verify voters' thumbprints

NADRA to improve system in two weeks time to match huge number of thumbprints with its database.

Web Desk May 20, 2013
ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to help verify votes by matching thumbprints with its database, said ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed on Monday.

Ahmed was addressing a press conference in Islamabad along with NADRA chairman Tariq Malik.

Malik, while speaking to media, said the database authority currently does not have the system to verify the huge amount of thumbprints. However, he said that it will achieve the ability to do so in two weeks time.

He further added that thumbprints can only be verified if a certain type of ink – earlier specified to the ECP – was used.

Explaining the tedious process of thumbprint verification, Malik said that each thumb impression will be manually verified.

He said the cost of verification will be shared by the interim government and the electoral candidates.

The ECP secretary added that with the required system improvement in place, NADRA will be able to verify 500,000 votes per day.


Syed A. Mateen | 8 years ago | Reply

NADRA cannot print the urgent and ordinary passport as there is a backlog of 8,00,000 passports which are expected to be laminated by the end of June 2013, how can NADRA will verify if the thumb impression on the voter's list is genuine or fake?

By the time NADRA will submit its reports, the legislators would have taken oath and their 5 year term will also expire.

I would request NADRA not to make such jokes which are far from imagination.

Every one in Pakistan knows how efficient NADRA is in Pakistan, for local Pakistanis, as well as for overseas Pakistanis.

Hussain | 8 years ago | Reply ECP is just buying time, NADRA has all the system to verify from 1 Million to 5 Million per day I believe. ECP should stop making fool of Pak people, everyone has seen your corruption in election, before election and in election. shame on you all... Fakhru sahib, u have lost all of ur respect and I have no respect for you at all
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