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- Saturday, May 11, 2013 - From Print Edition




Nadra Chairman Tariq Malik has warned the forgers to avoid impersonation or fraudulent practice while casting vote because every valid CNIC holder is a registered voter and forgery will be detected.


He said Nadra’s fingerprint identification system will not even establish validity of voter but will also identify the impersonator. Election Commission is determined to initiate strict punitive actions against such fraudsters, he added. He also urged people not to give their CNIC to anybody for safety purpose and only the original CNIC or NICOP will enable them to caste their vote.


Tariq Malik was speaking with media persons during Federal Minister for Broadcasting Arif Nizami’s visit to Nadra Friday. While speaking to media, Mr. Nizami appreciated Nadra’s role in preparing free, transparent and accurate electoral rolls. The federal minister also inaugurated Post Election Complaint Cell at Nadra Headquarters, Islamabad.


Meanwhile, Tariq Malik said, “the CNIC has assisted Election Commission of Pakistan in preparation of an electoral roll that is backed by authentic biometrics against each voter. These voter lists not only contain photograph of voter which will be used for identification of voter prior to issuance of ballot paper but also has an empty column where voter will affix his/her fingerprint using magnetic ink. These fingerprints will be used to confirm identity of voter and any impersonation will be detected. Not only this, fingerprint identification system will also lead to such individual who has performed any voting fraud.”


He said for assistance of ECP and Election Tribunals, Nadra has established a complaints cell at its headquarters where fingerprint matching will be performed. This information will enable Election Tribunals to make informed decisions based on concrete evidence in a timely fashion, he added. On the other hand, the electoral rolls being used for general elections — 2013 have massive coverage of citizens. ECP and Nadra with their joint effort have registered voters in a number that is highest in the country’s electoral history, he said. These voters’ lists are prepared without any prejudice on basis of cast, creed or linguistic divide, he added. Each segment of population especially marginalized class is equally represented and now it depends on voters to exercise their right to decide about their future themselves, he said.