Fresh Electoral Rolls in Pakistan

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Publication No: ER-016

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Given the serious nature of the exercise of preparing fresh electoral rolls and its impact on fair elections, the Citizens Group focussed on the issue as early as January 2007 and prepared a working paper after holding a series of discussions with the ECP, the NADRA as well as various other stakeholders. The CGEP Position Paper embodies the earlier research on the issue combined with the research carried out after the display of draft electoral rolls across Pakistan in June 2007. The position paper provides a background to the issue of fresh electoral rolls as well as examines various key questions regarding the process of preparation and availability of fresh computerised electoral rolls for the coming General Election. These include the inexplicable huge drop in the number of voters; the lack of use of NADRA database for preparing computerised electoral rolls; the ECP’s insistence upon not sharing draft electoral rolls with political parties or to provide those online at its website citing “legal” restrictions; the ECP’s disagreement with the demand to extend the display period from notified 21 days and the cumbersome and complicated process of registration of new voters or the correction/objection process to those already registered, etc.

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