Dec 13, 2013

NADRA has developed Electronic Voting Machine for Elections

NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) has developed Electronic Voting System which may be used in Elections to stop fake voting. This system aims at ensuring transparent elections in Pakistan because no one will be able to cast a duplicate vote. A voter will cast only his own vote and only one time. System will not accept second vote. All voters will be verified through their thumb impressions in real time, so no one will be able to cast the vote of a person which is not present in the polling station at that time.

Electronic Voting Machine
NADRA's Electronic Voting Machine

NADRA has taken a very good initiative by developing Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) which is proposed to be placed on all polling stations across Pakistan. Below are other details of this system and also its video in which Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik briefed about its features.

To stop loopholes in voting system, NADRA has developed this Electronic or Bio-metric System. It costs about 1 billion Pak Rupees. However this will be launched after approvel of Election Commission of Pakistan. 

This system consists of three units.During this all process, voter will be provided with assistance through multimedia.

First unit is “Voter Identification Unit” which will identify voters through his CNIC, fingerprints of voter will be verified against biometrics in NADRA database.

The second unit is “Vote Casting Unit”. Upon successful identification through first unit, this unit will display list of candidates with their election symbols of respective constituency. Voter will choose candidate of his choice. Selection of candidate by voter will be recorded in local database as well as on printed ballot.

Third unit is “Result Management Unit”, where results will be prepared by counting printed ballots as well as digitally.

Speaking to the media while introducing this system, Tariq Malik Chairman NADRA said that
The introduction of this technology will get rid of all the mess created by magnetic ink which costs about 2~3 billion rupees in every election. He also said that if a voter fails to confirm his identity through thumb impression, he would not be allowed to proceed to vote during polling. He further added that it is up to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and political parties to discuss its practibility. 

Chairman NADRA will also give detailed demonstration to Chairman Election Commission of Pakistan.

NADRA has already set up electronic voting software to help 4.5 million overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes in the general elections-2013. 
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