ISLAMABAD - National Assembly's Special Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Monday recommended a population census is held before local bodies elections.
The committee said basic human rights were being violated due to non-holding of population census. The meeting of the committee was held at Parliament House with Mian Abdul Mannan in the chair.
Election Commission of Pakistan Additional Director General, Sher Afgan, told the committee that over four lakh pads of magnetic ink were provided to the polling stations in general elections.
He said conducting elections in the country through biometric system was a very difficult task. He said in India this system was implemented after experiments of 22 years. He said special training was needed for the voters and polling staff to introduce the system.
NADRA authorities told the committee that it could not verify the thumb prints if the voters did not do it in a proper way. They said the non-verified votes should not be declared as bogus.
The committee summoned a separate briefing from the election commission regarding the biometric system. It also sought a report from NADRA and PCSIR that was submitted to the ECP regarding magnetic ink.