Pakistan to digitalize its electoral system

18:56, June 08, 2010      

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is planning to digitalize its electoral system to make it more fair and acceptable for all stakeholders, local media reported Tuesday.

"We are strategizing the computerization of electoral process following the course of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, and it may be a lengthy process, spanning over a decade or more, but it is inevitable to reform the system," said ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan.

The secretary said the commission has been assessing the feasibility of introducing electronic voting machines (EVM), which took almost 22 years in India to succeed.

"We have made significant progress on feasibility study and a final report would be issued by the end of July after consultation with political parties and civil society followed by a demonstration by the interested EVM suppliers," said Ishtiaq while briefing about discussions with the election commission heads of some South Asian states.

Pakistan's existing manual rolls have been under criticism because it contains multiple entries. The ECP is trying to ratify the issue in close collaboration with National Database and Registration Authority (NDRA), the department where every citizen registration is compulsory.
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