Verification of Electoral Rolls 2011 Tribal Area’s Delegation Calls on Election Commission of Pakistan

Islamabad: A delegation of the FATA’s Parliamentarians comprising Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA, Parliamentary Leader FATA; Mr. Hamidullah Jan Afridi, MNA; Mr. Bismillah Khan, Ex-MNA; Mr. Muhammad Saleh Shah, Senator and Col. ® Zahid Pervez, Director (Coord.) to Minister SAFRON called on the Election Commission of Pakistan today at ECP Secretariat, Islamabad. In this regard, a meeting was conducted which was chaired by Mr. Justice ® Hamid Ali Mirza, Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan and attended by the learned Members Election Commission (MECs), namely Justice ® Mohammad Roshan Essani, Justice ® Riaz Kayani, Justice ® Shahzad Akbar Khan and Justice ® Fazal-ur-Rehman. Mr. Ishtiak Ahmad Khan Secretary Election Commission, Joint Secretaries of ECP and Deputy Election Commissioner (FATA) were was also present in the meeting.

The representatives from FATAs pointed out a number of problems being faced during the verification of draft electoral rolls process and after due consideration the following decisions were taken by the ECP:

i) That despite adverse law and order situation all efforts will be made by field staff to complete the verification exercise by the target date i-e the 30th September, 2011 throughout the country.

ii) Verifying officials will be deputed to visit registered IDPs Camps for verification of the voters.

However, the IDPs will be registered as voters at places of their original residence and not at the addresses in the Camps. Ministry of SAFRON will send a list of registered IDPs Camps to the ECP for further necessary action as indicated above.

iii) That instructions are being issued to the verifying officials through the PECs for correcting the particulars of voters on the Draft electoral Rolls wherever needed according to the particulars given in the CNIC including addresses corrections with red ball-pen.

iv) That in FATAs, the verifying official/teacher belonging to a particular electoral area shall be appointed as for as possible in that area for verification of voters.

v) That photocopies of existing electoral rolls as well as draft electoral rolls may be provided on request against payment at the expense of the applicant and that the data of verified/unverified/augmented voters of the electoral rolls, 2007 provided by NADRA would be made public.

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 920 1975, +9251 920 6062
Fax: +9251 920 5402, +9251 920 5300