In preparation for the 2018 general election, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has created a new election management system (EMS). According to the ECP, the new system will improve its ability to conduct free, fair, transparent, and inclusive elections.
The EMS is an important step toward modernizing Pakistan’s electoral process. A two-day training program was arranged for IT officers, the Project Management Unit, and the Election Wing of the ECP to increase knowledge and comprehension of the system. The training provided officials with the knowledge they needed to efficiently use the EMS for efficient and secure elections.
The deadline for voter registration, data correction, exclusion, and vote transfer has also been extended to July 20 by the ECP. This is done to make it easier for people to register to vote and update their voter registration information.
By texting their identity card number to 8300, the public can access information about their vote. Registration, transfer, objection/exclusion, and data rectification forms can be downloaded from the ECP’s website or received through the District Election Commissioner’s office.
According to the election records announced on May 31, Pakistan has a total of 125,963,598 registered voters. However, the percentage of registered female voters has decreased slightly, widening the gender disparity.
Punjab has the most registered voters, with 71,606,379, followed by Sindh, which has 26,488,841 voters. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 21,582,556 registered voters, whereas Balochistan has 5,260,247. There are 1,025,575 registered voters in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
The new EMS is a positive step that will contribute to making the forthcoming general election free, fair, transparent, and inclusive. The ECP has taken many initiatives to increase system awareness and make it easier for people to register to vote. The ECP is well-positioned to conduct a successful election now that the new technology is in place.