LAHORE – Like all other provincial and district headquarters across the country, the Punjab Election Commission on Wednesday held a seminar to observe theNational Voters’ Day.

Punjab Election Commissioner Mehboob Anwar chaired the seminar, while Justice (r) Javed Iqbal was the chief guest and Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Hussain Naqi and Dr Rasool Bakhsh Rais joined in.

The event marked the launch of voter education campaign, highlighting the commission’s commitment to ensure voters’ participation in the electoral process. The speakers threw light on the power of vote in political and social change and urged the masses to get themselves registered as voters.

They 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.

They hoped that the voters’ awareness campaign launched by the ECP would help improve turnout in the elections.

The speakers emphasised that an accurate electoral roll was the first step to hold free and fair elections and that the electoral roll should not only contain the names of all eligible voters but also mention the place of voting.

The day was also observed in all the three offices and six schools being run by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA). Awareness pamphlets about the importance of casting vote were distributed among the LDA employees as well as the general public.

Streamers and banners were displayed for highlighting the significance of taking part in electoral process, at this occasion. Awareness walks were also held in the three LDA Model Boys High Schools, situated in Johar Town, Allama Iqbal Town and Sabzazar.

The ECP had appealed to citizens, political parties, media and civil society to check the details on the electoral roll and make any correction that may be required.

For this purpose, the ECP had already provided mobile text messaging service (SMS facility) for confirming names of voters in the electoral rolls. The sender had to simply send his 13-digit CNIC number (without hyphen or space) to 8300. In response, the SMS sender would receive his voting details within a few seconds.

Alternatively, persons could confirm their names and details on the electoral roll by visiting the district ECP offices. For facilitation of the general public, the ECP had decided that the offices of all registration officers/district and agency election commissioners will remain open seven days a week for obtaining information and submitting forms.

Free forms are available at all the ECP’s offices and the said form can also be downloaded from ECP’s website; www.ecp.gov.pk.