NADRA denies Imran's allegations of running secret cell in COMSATS

Published: July 16, 2014
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Nadra was carrying out its digitisation process of thumb verification in the presence of the election tribunal’s representative, as per the directives of the election tribunals, the spokesperson said. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMON

Nadra was carrying out its digitisation process of thumb verification in the presence of the election tribunal’s representative, as per the directives of the election tribunals, the spokesperson said. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMON

ISLAMABAD: National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) while taking notice of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s statement, has said that it does not run a secret cell in the basement of the COMSATS building.

A Nadra spokesperson categorically rejected the PTI chief’s assertions, terming them baseless and unfounded.

Clarifying the issue, Imran said that Nadra had hired two floors of the COMSATS building in April 2011 to carry out the printing of Electoral Rolls for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which is still under the use of Nadra.

In a statement issued on Wednesday he said, “Nadra entered into an agreement with the ECP in 2011 for the [digitisation] and preparation of Computerised Electoral Rolls at a cost of Rs750 million, and the contract is still in continuation.”

“For this purpose Nadra hired two floors of the COMSATS building. Subsequently, Nadra sub-contracted printing work to a private company, National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT), through an open tender process.”

“NIFT installed heavy duty printers in the COMSATS building which were used to print only Electoral Rolls, including Photo Electoral Rolls, that were used in the 2013 general elections,” the PTI chief continued, adding that, “The printing facility is managed by NIFT, not by Nadra.”

“It is not a printing press, and has never been used [to print] ballot papers or other election material. The printing facility [has not been] functional since December 2013, after the local government elections of Balochistan [which were] held on December 7, 2013,” Imran said.

Nadra clarified that the Printing Press of Pakistan had been assigned the task of printing the ballot papers in their facilities in the cities of Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore by the ECP. The printing process was to take place under the supervision of the Pakistan Army, and Nadra and NIFT were not involved in the process.

Nadra spokesperson said it was carrying out its digitisation process of thumb verification in the presence of the election tribunal’s representative, as per the directives of the election tribunals.

He added that during this process, the polling bags were opened and relevant election material was scanned before before the polling bags were packed and sealed again.

The spokesperson confirmed that the COMSATS building had been used for this process, adding that after the completion of scanning the election material, it was returned to the election tribunal by the representative.

“Nadra has [been tasked with] fingerprint verification by election tribunals against 36 constituencies [countrywide], (15 National Assembly constituencies and 21 Provincial Assembly constituencies),” the spokesperson said.

“Till this date, Nadra has submitted its analysis report against 26 constituencies, exemption has been granted by competent courts in four constituencies. Work is in process against six constituencies under the “First IN, First OUT” principle,” he said.

Giving details of thumb verification, the spokesperson said that, “Nadra has returned election material against 26 constituencies to the corresponding election tribunals after submitting its report. Election material pertaining to 10 constituencies, where work is under process or stay has been granted, is in possession of Nadra.”

“In such cases, the proper taking and receiving to the level of serial numbers and counts of each material, is provided to the respective election tribunal in advance. There is no question of misappropriating sensitive election material, as its counting is carried out in the presence of a representative of the election tribunal, and then the report is reconciled at the time of returning the material to the respective election tribunal,” he added.

“Moreover, each report submitted by Nadra is subject to cross-examination by councils of the petitioner and respondents in the court of law. Nadra has successfully defended all [the reports submitted] in the respective election tribunals,” the spokesperson said.

In regard to the security of the facility, the spokesperson that Nadra had deployed security guards round the clock and a police contingent had also been deployed in the outer parameters. The records of entries and exits were also being kept since April 2011. Futhermore, CCTV cameras and scanning of bags at times of exit and entry were also being recorded.

Justice Shakirullah Jan, acting chief election commissioner, honourable members of the election commission and secretary ECP had visited the COMSATS building facility in April 2012, the spokesperson added.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • sabi
    Jul 16, 2014 - 9:35PM

    One more enemy for IK one more witness against IK. Means more frustrations for Pti.

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  • Zain
    Jul 16, 2014 - 9:37PM

    Good, detailed rebuttal to many of Imran Khan’s cringeworthy allegations. Each and every of his allegations turn out to be false.

    On another note: were the polling agents of PTI candidates paid by other candidates to look away as rigging happened?

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  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Jul 16, 2014 - 9:41PM

    Ofcourse, they are never gonna publicly admit that they have a rigging cell there.

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  • Safwan
    Jul 16, 2014 - 9:43PM

    Does (this) NADRA has even any credibility left?

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  • Jul 16, 2014 - 9:46PM

    The same NADRA which turned off CCTV to rig the votes?
    Please.
    This will be settled on the streets on 14th August In’Sha’Allah when Pakistan Khan will rally amidst us.
    We will never capitulate! Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • iSay!
    Jul 16, 2014 - 9:48PM

    I doubt all claims by IK are air tight & water proof. Sometimes they sound more like made for pleasing the youth & the villagers. With the same token I stress “Clear glass” policies and activities of all Public institutions & Govt departments at any moment in time. In a country like ours, which is marred with corruption, There should not be any dark corners hidden from public eyes. There should be no favoritism or conflict-of-interest (unchecked power to embezzle) postings at all.

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  • K Alam
    Jul 16, 2014 - 10:30PM

    There is something fishy here.
    This happens when organizations like NADRA are headless and so is the case with other organizations.

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  • Imran Qadri
    Jul 16, 2014 - 10:33PM

    According to Imran..

    Judiciary conspired against Imran and didn’t allowed him to become PM,which he considers as his birth right.

    Election commission also colluded against Imran.

    Returning officers also conspired against Imran.

    Nadra also was running a secret cell which worked round the clock to thwart Imran’s ambition of becoming PM.

    Whole world was conspiring against Imran during election 2013. Has anyone seen a bigger serial whiner than him?

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  • Raza
    Jul 16, 2014 - 10:39PM

    Are these people actually being serious bashing IK over this? Did you accept NADRA to come out and vindicate his claim and accept vote tampering? Of course they were going to refute it! And btw Imran isnt the only won to have alleged this, notable ET journalist tweeted about it yesterday and jang had a column on it as well. Grow up IK bashers

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  • Jibran
    Jul 17, 2014 - 12:01AM

    Who was expecting that Ch. Nisar’s NADRA would come out clean on this and admit? When in the world, a criminal confesses his crimes?

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  • N.Sid
    Jul 17, 2014 - 12:09AM

    As the saying goes ” Don’t believe in anything unless it is officially denied by the government”. It means the suspicion is true.

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  • Courage
    Jul 17, 2014 - 2:43AM

    exemption has been provided by competent courts in the four constituencies”. What is hiding in those four constituencies?

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  • Omar
    Jul 17, 2014 - 4:07AM

    They denied it?! I was expecting an outright admission. What depths has humanity sunk to. :p

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  • Ebad
    Jul 17, 2014 - 8:17AM

    Seems like the new chief of NADRA is doing the ‘job’ he was appointed for. Ex-chief of NADRA Tariq Malik was not ousted in the middle of the night for no reason.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/718573/na-118-ballot-boxes-tampered-with-officials/

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  • Mamu
    Jul 17, 2014 - 9:07AM

    @Imran Qadri:
    Sadly you are partially right. In the country named Pakistan. You can buy any one for any department. You just have to know the price of the person. May it be Political, Judicial, Police, bureaucrat, NADRA or anyone. Some are bought with dollars, others run away when they get death threats on telephone. All thanks to the Gullu Butt party.

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  • Sara
    Jul 17, 2014 - 3:00PM

    @Mamu:
    I agree with you that PTI has already been heavily bribed and IK should stop bribing other departments too.

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  • Azmat
    Jul 17, 2014 - 4:38PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    Nadra against IK – Proof is the removal of NADRA Chairman Tariq malik by the govt by threatennig and this has been acknowledged by the high court. Do you need any other proof
    Proof of Ex CJ against IK – His sone getting lucrative post in the govt without any qualification. Unimaginable in any civilised country but people like you still have closed their eyes
    Proof of caretake govt against IK – The entire Najam Sethi episode and that i dont need to narrate here. Even if you take the 35 punctures out of the quation, still it is unimagainable in any civilised country for a PM to go out of his way and insist on appointing someone who has been accused of favouring him in coming to power through illegal means, especially if that person hs no record / experience or qualification of the task he has been appointed to. What else does the proof look like.

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  • Ranjha
    Jul 17, 2014 - 5:55PM

    Shocking! We were all expecting them to fess up at least in honour of Ramzan but I guess the devil is still roaming the halls of NADRA.

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