ECP asks citizens to transferring votes on CNIC address by May 31


ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Thursday asked the eligible voters to transfer their votes on their permanent or temporary address written on their computerized national identity card (CNIC) by May 31.

According to an ECP official, the date has been extended due to holding of local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Cantonments this year and to facilitate the citizens to transfer their vote by submitting form No 21 with the ECP offices.

He said voters can submit their form No 21 with the offices of District Election Commissioners, Registration Officers, Assistant Registration Officers or other central district registration centres.

He said votes would be considered as ineffective of all those voters who failed to transfer their votes on CNIC address with the ECP under the law.

He said the commission has extended the previous date of March 31 and announced new date for transferring of votes as per CNIC address and asked the citizens to avail this opportunity and submit their forms with the respective district office.

He said the decision would help all those voters who could not transfer their votes or register them as voters on CNIC address.

He said estimated eight percent to 10 percent votes of eligible voters are registered with ECP’s electoral rolls other than the CNIC address.

He said during review process of electoral rolls, the commission would point out all those votes registered with other addresses and transfer these votes on CNIC temporary or permanent address.

He added a facility is being offered to voters to transfer their vote on CNIC address with their own choice of temporary or permanent address.

The official said now voters could get information by sending CNIC number to ECP’s SMS  service 8300.

He asked them to contact their respective district office of ECP to ensure registering as voter on CNIC address.