Conduct of 1st Pilot Project (test run) using Biometric machines in bye-elections of constituency of National Assembly-19 (Haripur) on 30 polling stations

Islamabad, August 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): Election Commission of Pakistan is pleased to announce conduct of 1st Pilot Project (test run) using Biometric machines in the bye-elections of constituency of NA-19 (Haripur) on 30 polling stations being held on 16th August, 2015. NADRA, PTA and UFONE will render technical assistance in this regard.

Conduct of pilot project is in line with the desire of political parties which was conveyed through Electoral Reforms Committee of Parliament to the effect that a test run of biometrics may be conducted in any bye-election to educate general public about its use in electoral activity by following the ‘principle of evolution’ in a careful manner instead of revolution (sudden change) while introducing new technology in elections.

Since, the whole exercise would be performed purely on experimental basis, therefore, the impact of use of biometric machines on bye-elections would certainly not disturb the electoral process in the constituency. To achieve the aforesaid goals, the ECP has already taken all the contesting candidates on board and briefed them comprehensively by sharing with them the Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P) using biometrics machines, list of selected 30 polling stations and objectives of the pilot project.

It may be added that all the contesting candidates have welcomed the idea of use of biometrics machines as an experiment and they have also expressed their consent in this regard. They have resolved to extend their full support to the ECP that includes sensitizing their polling agents and educating the voters at large about the use of biometrics machines during the said bye-elections. The cascading interactive trainings sessions on use of biometrics machines will be completed on 13th August 2015.

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat,
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2,
Tel: +92-51-9201975, +92-51-9206062
Fax: +92-51-9205402, +92-51-9205300