Revision of electoral rolls begins on Aug 1

Revision of electoral rolls begins on Aug 1

Revision of electoral rolls begins on Aug 1 ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to revise electoral rolls and launch a door-to-door voter verification campaign from August 1.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by the ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad and attended by senior officers and all four provincial election commissioners.

A 15-day door-to-door verification exercise is expected to take the list to 98 million voters from the current 93m. The revised list will be displayed at the ECP centres across the country while electoral rolls would be printed in October.

Furthermore, provincial election commissioners had been directed to ensure comprehensive arrangements to facilitate the public.

Meanwhile, a publicity campaign to motivate public in making the process successful will also be launched. Besides, Voter Education Campaign would focus on enhancing voter turnout, reducing male-female gap and motivating women, youth, students and other neglected unprivileged groups, both in rural and urban areas, for their active participation in the polling process. Voter education committees will also be established across the country.

Teams are being constituted to verify polling stations established in last general elections and ascertain suitability and availability of buildings and link it with the GIS system to facilitate the public on polling day.

Storage facilities at divisional level and relevant complementary staff to maintain electoral record will also be ensured along with establishing polling stations on ground floors to facilitate elderly and the disabled.

The ECP will initiate a training programme for developing and enhancing the capacity of its officials from Aug 20.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1271196/revision-of-electoral-rolls-begins-on-aug-1

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