ISLAMABAD - The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) Monday informed that the final voter lists had been completed but the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was yet to issue directions for printing of these electoral rolls.
Nadra’s Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik, while talking to The Nation, said the Authority had completed final electoral rolls (FERs) electronically but they had not yet started the printing process of these lists.
“We will start the printing of voter lists soon before the general elections are announced and chief election commissioner (CEC) would give us directions to do so,” he added.
Giving the reason for not starting the printing of voter lists, he said Nadra was adding around 15,000 new voters in these lists on daily basis who got themselves registered with it after coming of age (18 years).
“If we print all the lists before general elections, it would be difficult for us to include young voters in these lists,” he explained.
From January 1 to June 30, Nadra added thousands of such fresh voters and these voter lists had also been sent to ECP for further verification, he said.
The deputy chairman further said, the project for completion of voters’ list was going ‘very well overall.’
The Election Commission had failed to meet the deadline of February 23 it had announced in the Supreme Court for preparation of voter lists. However, ECP pledged that it would complete the final electoral rolls after another three months by the last week of May but the Commission again failed to meet the deadline. The first deadline given by the Commission was in November 2011.
The ECP through an agreement had sought the services of Nadra for preparation, verification and printing of electoral rolls.