Electoral rolls updating process to continue till election schedule
24 August, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Electoral rolls displayed at centres across the country by the Election Commission early this month will remain open to valid changes till the announcement of schedule for next general elections.
The decision has been taken keeping in view the right of the voters to get registered and cast vote, enabling the new ones to get their names registered in the computerised electoral rolls and the old ones to get corrected any data entered in rolls mistakenly.
After Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim announced compilation of final electoral rolls on July 31 at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretariat, the same were displayed immediately afterwards at district offices of the ECP and in FATA agencies.
The ECP has also facilitated the voters with easier access and free-of-cost application form to submit their requests for entering names in lists, correction of wrong entries and identifying fake entries. The voters can submit the applications on the stated forms along with a copy of their CNIC.
Moreover, the details of vote can also be checked through SMS by sending a message containing the CNIC number to toll-free number 8300. According to data released by the commission, by the time of finalising the electoral rolls, the number of male and female voters across the country were 47,773,692 and 36,591,359, respectively, bringing the total to 84,365,051.
The details show there are total 3,278,164 registered voters in Balochistan with 1,886,235 male and 1,391,929 female voters; in FATA total registered voters are 1,675,967 with 1,120,736 male and 555,231 female voters; in Federal Area total registered voters are 604,802 with 325,795 male and 279,007 female voters; in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa total registered voters are 12,064,597 with 6,929,105 male and 5,135,492 female voters; in Punjab total registered voters are 48,308,644 with 27,297,361 male and 21,011,283 female voters, while in Sindh the total number of registered voters is 18,432,877 with 10,214,460 male and 8,218,417 female registered voters. With thousands of youth in the country expected to cross the 18 years age limit by the time elections are held next year after completion of the present government's tenure, the number of voters is expected to rise further.