2018 general elections to be held in time: CEC

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza on Friday told media that next general elections 2018 will be held in time in the Country.

Earlier while addressing the launching ceremony of vote registration facility at time of new Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) at National Database and Registration Authority’s (NADRA) Mega Centre in Islamabad, the CEC said that this joint venture of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and NADRA will be helpful to facilitate the citizens to having their place of vote registration on their own choice.

The CEC said that this service will be provided to the citizens on issuance of new CNIC by getting their option of registration of vote as per permanent or temporary address.

Justice Raza said that the ECP wants to prepare electoral rolls in transparent way to prevent from objections of any political party.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that with the help of NADRA, the election commission will make electoral rolls for election process accurate and unmistakable.

The CEC appealed the citizens to cooperate with the NADRA staff for registration of their vote in accurate electoral rolls of their own choice. He termed as historical day as NADRA and ECP have joined hands to serve the country’s people.

In his address, the Chairman NADRA Usman Mobin termed this facility as major achievement and outcome of ECP and NADRA cooperation to facilitate the people. He added that still there are key challenges like non-registration of voters.

Usman Mobin said that the ECP has asked NADRA to introduce a system of registration of vote on issuance of national identity card by obtaining the choice of the CNIC applicant.

The Chairman NADRA added that with this service, the applicant of CNIC will be asked for registration of their vote as per temporary or permanent address. He said that NADRA will tag their address on GPS map to have knowledge of their location. He said that there will be mention of their choice in NADRA CNIC form from onward.

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