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Pakistan data agency placed under election commission for 3 months

Publication Date : 16-12-2013


In order to complete the process of verifying thumb impressions of voters in a transparent manner, the government has decided to place the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) under the administrative control of the Election Commission of Pakistan for three months.

Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said at a press conference on Sunday that the decision had been approved by the prime minister.

A legal framework will be prepared in consultation with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and formal orders will be issued on Monday. The ECP should now find out if magnetised ink has been obtained and their batches inspected to see if these meet the required specification and places where it cannot be used.

Chaudhry Nisar said this was being done under an arrangement between the ECP, Nadra and the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), adding that he would suggest to the Ministry of Science and Technology to give administrative control of the PCSIR to the ECP for three months.

He said that under the acting chief election commissioner, the ECP was the forum which could find out the truth. If it was not done in three months he would approach court, the minister added.

There are many facts which the people should know. He said he would send a questionnaire to the ECP over the next few days. It should also be investigated if magnetised ink was at all required for the verification process and, if it was so important, he asked, why it was not being used for local government elections. Those involved in wrongdoings should be punished.

"The ECP should thoroughly probe the matter and I will order registration of FIRs and arrest of culprits," he said, adding that the FIA would carry out instructions of the ECP during the three months.



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