For the residents of upper Sindh where the local government elections are taking place today, here are seven steps to follow to cast your vote. Polling begins at 7:30am and ends at 5:30pm.
1Voters bearing original Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) will have to get their serial number from the voters’ list and wait in front of their area’s polling station to cast their vote. Voters with outdated CNICs are also entitled to cast their votes.
2 On their turn, every voter must show his or her CNIC to the polling officer by giving them the serial number on the voters’ list.
3 The polling officer will first go through the list and call out the voter’s name. He will tick the serial number and put indelible ink on their thumbs in order to mark it on the voters’ list.
4 The voters will then go directly to the presiding officer and show him their original CNIC.
5 The presiding officer will again ask the voters for their thumbprint on a form before giving them a ballot paper to cast their vote.
6 Before going to cast the vote, the voter must ensure that the back of the ballot paper is stamped and signed by the polling staff.
7 After that, the voter will cast his or her vote on the electoral symbol of their preferred candidate, fold the ballot paper and put in the ballot box.
The green ballot paper is for chairperson and vice-chairperson of the union committee/union councils. The off-white ballot paper is for general councilor contesting the election either in the union council (rural area) or union committee (urban area). The blue ballot paper is for district council/municipal committee and town committee members.
In urban areas, voters have to cast two votes, one for chairperson and vice-chairperson of union committee and another for the general councilor of the ward. In rural areas, one vote will be cast for chairperson/vice-chairperson, another for councilor and a third vote for the member of district council.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2015.