RAWALPINDI  – In order to enhance the participation of the voters in electoral process, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday held a seminar on voters education aimed at creating awareness about the importance of vote.

The seminar was chaired by Additional Secretary ECP, Muhammad Afzal Khan and attended among others by Member National Assembly (MNA) Malik Ibrar, District Election Commissioner Zahid Subhani, a large number of citizens, political workers, male and female students. Muhammad Afzal Khan while addressing the participants said that ECP would make all out efforts to hold transparent and credible general elections in the country.

He said, ECP for the first time has launched a programme under which seminars and workshops are being held for the education of the voters. He said earlier, the National voters’ day was observed and the event marked the launch of voter education campaign. Highlighting ECP’s commitment to ensure voters’ participation in the electoral process, he shed light on the power of vote in political and social change and urged the masses to get themselves registered as voters. He said all Pakistanis should come forward and check their votes detail or for correction of particulars, or for filing compliant against any entry into the electoral rolls.

He hoped that the voters’ awareness campaign would be successful and the voters would play their role.

Additional Secretary said that ECP approved voters’ education strategy for voters’ mobilisation. He said that under the strategy, voters’ awareness campaign at district level for the mobilization of segments of society especially women and modernized groups, who had no wholesome participation in election process has been launched.

He said it is worth mentioning that voters’ participation ratio is 44 percent in Pakistan and “we want to double it through voters’ awareness campaign.” Afzal Khan said that a five year strategic plan 2010-2014 was formulated under which the efforts are being made so that the participation in election process could be enhanced to a considerable level.

He said for first time, voter education has been declared by ECP a priority area. He said computerized electoral rolls after the hectic efforts of three years, have been made credible and over 37 million unverified voters were deleted. The efforts to educate voters would be made in every nook and corner of the country, he added.

He informed that 1000 teams of ECP with cameras will monitor the elections.