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> PILDAT files application with Supreme Court to become a party in the Electoral Rolls petition; Demands free CNICs for missing voters in 4 months

August 06, 2007


Islamabad, August 6; Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency PILDAT has filed an application with the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad through its counsel Mr. Shahid Hamid, Former Governor of Punjab and a member of the Citizens Group on Electoral Process (CGEP) seeking to become a party in the petition to include about 30 Million missing voters in the electoral rolls.


PILDAT / CGEP have pleaded in the application that Supreme Court may direct the Government of Pakistan and NADRA to issue Computerised National Identity Cards to all the missing voters in the next four months free of charge before the general election instead of waiving the condition of CNIC for registering as a voter.


PILDAT has also pleaded that without CNICs, a large number of bogus voters including Afghan refugees may succeed in enrolling as a voter negatively impacting the fairness of polls. PILDAT has also appealed that NADRA be directed not only to use its spare capacity of 100, 000 cards per day but also double it by introducing 3 shifts at its offices and deploying maximum number of mobile vans for this purpose. PILDAT has expressed disappointment at the mismanagement of the preparation of computerised electoral rolls. A PILDAT spokesman indicated that they do not favour postponement of general election at any cost. In case NADRA expresses its inability to issue CNICs to all missing voters then ECP should use 2002 Electoral Rolls further updating it in the next 4 months while continuing the preparation of a proper Computerised Electoral Rolls for the future elections based on CNICs.