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Nadra detects 37 million bogus voters in electoral rolls

ISLAMABAD: National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has deleted 37 million “bogus” voters from the existing electoral rolls and decided to include those who have registered with Nadra after 2008.

“We matched 81 million voters enrolled in the current voters list with the authority’s database and only 44 million were found correct and remaining 37 million were deleted. Now only those will be included in the list who have registered with Nadra after 2008,” said Nadra Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik while talking to Business Recorder on Wednesday.

He said that during the meeting with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Nadra had suggested adding two columns regarding the Census Block and Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), which will help in completion of electoral rolls before the end of current year.

“I have set a goal to complete the process of preparing computerised electoral rolls before the end of December 2011,” Malik said adding that the new columns will make things easier for Nadra. Census after the inclusion of two columns as suggested by Nadra would also help to identify people who have so far not registered with the authority, he said.

He was of the view that making the CNIC mandatory for registration of voters and casting vote is key for making dodge proof electoral rolls. It will ensure transparency in election process, he added. He said that after re-demarcation and expansion of number of Census Blocks from 102,000 to 145,000 by Statistics Division, Nadra would give people having two addresses, an option to get registered as voters at their place of choice. The Statistics Division also wants to expand the present Census Blocks to include more voters in a block, he added.

He said that Nadra has asked the Statistics Division to provide the updated list of demarcated Census Blocks, Circles and Charges along with relevant maps for official use and guidance during the enumeration process. To a question, Malik said that 37 million bogus entries were found in the electoral rolls prepared in 2007 by ECP. “We found the address and gender misappropriations, duplication, entries of deceased, aliens and citizens who surrender the citizenship and fake CNICs,” he added.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:3/31/2011