ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) managed to send 80 bundles (50,000-kilogram) of the reprinted voter lists from Islamabad to Karachi on Tuesday by a PIA plane, after a private courier service plane was denied landing at the Islamabad airport due to fog.
The secretaries of the Cabinet Division and the ministry of defense were requested for help after the private plane was not allowed to land at the Islamabad airport.
The Pakistan Air Force hinted at sparing a C-130 plane for the job. However, a PIA passenger plane was tasked to also transport the massive bundles, as the reprinted voter lists were to be transported to Karachi and to other districts well in time.After incorporation of 59,111 fresh CNIC-holders in the voter lists, the total number of ‘unverified’ voters has risen to 6.92 million: previously it was around 6.8 million.
When approached on telephone, Nadra chairman Muhammad Tariq Malik, who reached Karachi Wednesday afternoon, confirmed to The News that the voter lists had reached their respective districts for the door-to-door verification by officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
He explained that two new columns had been added to the voter (verification) lists to ensure more transparency and now the voter and the verifier would put down their signatures besides thump impressions.
He was quite happy that they had completed the job well in time i.e. before the January 10 deadline. Karachi consists of five districts and 197 union councils, which have been divided into 13,464 census blocks. After the completion of verification process, the lists would be handed over again to Nadra for their digitization and incorporation in the national voter database. He said that Nadra had done its job while the task of the ECP and the security agencies would formally start from tomorrow.