7.3m CNIC holders to be registered for upcoming elections: report


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is about to launch a drive to register the 7.3 million computerised national identity card (CNIC) holders, who are currently not on electoral rolls, according to a report by a local English daily.

The figures sent by the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) to the ECP show that around 4.11m CNIC holders in Punjab alone are yet to be registered as voters, despite having ID cards. These include 2.21m men and 1.9m women.

In Sindh, 1.4m people, including 0.867m men and 0.587m women, are yet to be registered as voters.  In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at least 1m people, including 0.577m men and 0.443m women, have not been registered as voters.

In Balochistan, 0.268m men and 0.183m women have yet to become voters.

In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), around 0.288m people — 0.152m women and 0.136m men — are yet to be registered as voters.

According to the report, around 0.923m people— including 0.665m (0.454m men and 0.211m in Punjab alone) — are still on electoral rolls.

In Sindh, at least 132,302 deceased men and 61,887 deceased women were still on the electoral rolls, whereas in KP at least 40,608 dead people are still registered to vote in the upcoming elections, including 30,298 men and 10,310 women. In Balochistan, more than 12,000 deceased individuals were registered to vote, including 9,112 men and 2,966 women.

In FATA, a total of 3,060 deceased people, including 2,718 men and 342 women, still registered on the electoral rolls.

The deceased individuals on existing voters’ lists will be struck off the lists after the door-to-door verification.