To modernize the electoral process and ensure free, fair, transparent, and inclusive elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has introduced a new election management system (EMS). This innovative system is set to play a pivotal role in the upcoming general elections.
The EMS represents a significant leap toward digitizing and streamlining the electoral process in Pakistan. To ensure its effective implementation, the ECP organized a two-day training program for IT officers, the Project Management Unit, and the Election Wing of the ECP. The training aimed to equip these officials with the necessary knowledge to utilize the EMS effectively, thereby ensuring efficient and secure elections.
In addition to the introduction of the EMS, the ECP has extended the deadline for voter registration, data correction, exclusion, and transfer of votes until July 20. This move is designed to simplify the process for citizens to register to vote and update their voter information.
For public convenience, the ECP has made it possible for individuals to obtain information about their vote by sending their identity card numbers to 8300. Furthermore, forms for registration, transfer, objection/exclusion, and data correction can be downloaded from the ECP’s website or obtained from the office of the District Election Commissioner.
As per the electoral rolls released on May 31, Pakistan boasts a total of 125,963,598 registered voters. Punjab leads with the highest number of registered voters at 71,606,379, followed by Sindh with 26,488,841 voters. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan have 21,582,556 and 5,260,247 registered voters respectively, while the Islamabad Capital Territory has 1,025,575 registered voters.
However, there has been a slight decrease in the percentage of registered female voters, leading to an increased gender gap. The ECP is hopeful that the new EMS, coupled with the extended deadline for voter registration, will help address this issue and encourage more women to participate in the democratic process.
The introduction of the EMS is a testament to the ECP’s commitment to ensuring a successful election. With these measures in place, the ECP is well-positioned to conduct an election that truly reflects the will of the people.