ECP to allow use of special marker for voting

ISLAMABAD – Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday decided to allow use of special ‘Marker’ instead of ink for voting purpose to ensure greater degree of transparency in the next general elections.

The decision was taken during a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza to discuss arrangements for next general elections.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner also formally launched female Computerised National Identity Cards and voter registration campaign on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, the campaign is aimed at decreasing the gap between male and female voters in the electoral rolls.

He said this gap is because of low females CNIC registration, and the campaign will target unregistered women in 79 districts throughout Pakistan.

Sardar Muhammad Raza said unregistered women would be mobilised and facilitated to acquire CNIC so that their names are added to electoral rolls. He said the campaign is a collaborative effort of NADRA, ECP, and the civil society organisations working at grass-roots level and it would continue till April next year.

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