The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), on Wednesday, launched a text-messaging service for voter-detail verification, along with announcing a three-week extension for registration and corrections.
By sending their National Identity Card (NIC) number (without hyphens) to the number ‘8300,’ users can find out if they are registered to vote and their voting area.
“The ECP is using state of the art SMS technology to facilitate over 80 million voters to get first-hand information about their vote registration and a subsequent preparation of error-free computerised electoral rolls,” ECP’s secretary said.
While the service has been welcomed by prospective voters, its success – in terms of registrations, corrections and awareness – can only be judged after the completion of the three-week period.
Dawn.com invites its readers to share their views and experience of the service.
Have you used the ECP text-messaging service?
How effective will this service be in the rural areas, where the majority of the vote bank lies?
Do you feel comfortable sharing your NIC number?
How will the ECP ensure it gathers size-able feedback from the masses?