Nadra urges political parties to mobilise unregistered voters
By: Shakeel Anjum
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik has written letters to the leaders of all political parties requesting their assistance in mobilising Pakistani citizens to obtain their computerised national identity cards (CNICs) as a pre-requisite for their registration as voters, it was learnt Monday.
In his letter the Nadra chairman emphasised the fact that the outreach and presence of political parties across the country afforded an excellent opportunity to Nadra to access those pockets of the population that remained unregistered. According to the announcement, Nadra is set to extend its Data Acquisition Units (DAUs) to the doorsteps of citizens, and is also ready to perform registration operations through numerous mobile units. Currently Nadra has 452 national registration centres, 252 mobile registration vans and 70 semi-mobile units across the country, registering adults in far-flung areas. The chairman also urged political parties to especially identify unregistered women.
He reiterated and reinforced Nadra’s institutional commitment to political neutrality, egalitarianism and public interest: “These principles have guided Nadra over the past five years and will continue to prevail, strengthening public trust of citizens of Pakistan and credibility around the world,” he stated. He also extended his personal gratitude for their support and the confidence they reposed in Nadra, thereby enabling the achievement of a great landmark in the form of 90 percent registration of citizens as well as the successful preparation of the final electoral rolls under the supervision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
He said Nadra had emerged as a well-respected, state-of-the-art public institution, providing prompt and efficient services to the public. However, greater goals were yet to be achieved. “There continue to be people who do not have Computerised National Identity Cards, most of them being women from far-flung rural areas,” it was observed. He further assured that all Nadra systems were secure and well safeguarded, and invited representatives to the Nadra Headquarters to brief them about the body and its various projects.