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Published on December 29th, 2011 | by Arsalan Mir


Electoral Rolls on SMS – Cellular Operators Join Hands with Nadra and ECP

As the elections are expected to happen sometime soon we have seen the political parties making most use of technology, the recent being robocalls for inviting participation to the PTI Karachi gathering. Stepping ahead, National Database & Registration Authority, NADRA has developed an SMS based service application to facilitate citizens.

The application will allow CNIC holders to verify their vote registration and particulars in the voters’ list.

Cellular operators Ufone, Warid and Telenor have offered their platforms in best national interest while other companies are expected to get in to the loop.

NADRA and ECP signed agreements with telecom companies to forge a partnership in order to launch this service. “I congratulate UFone, WARID and Telenor who stood up and offer their platforms for this national interest, and expect the companies who are sitting on fence to step up to the challenge and contribute on national cause” said Tariq Malik. He added that this service would be initiated soon after the publication of Preliminary (ghair hatmi) electoral rolls (PER) for public display. The sender will send his CNIC number to a short code and will subsequently receive a message in Urdu. It will confirm registration of voter as well as location (electoral area) where voter is registered along with serial number of voter in electoral rolls.

This service will help the general public to check the status of their vote conveniently from anywhere, anytime across Pakistan. He said after the introduction of the new service, it would be the responsibility of every eligible voter to make sure that his/her vote had been registered and furthermore to report any discrepancy to ECP. The intent of using this service is to assist ECP to execute its constitutional duty as per electoral laws. “We want to use technology, to provide outreach” Malik added. ECP is considering more than 50,000 display centers countrywide where PER will be physically displayed but introduction of SMS service is expected to spike genuine public interest in electoral process.

While lauding the innovative service and NADRA role’s Mr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan said it is a milestone to facilitate the voters. He said it is a great convenience to the citizens to be able to check their vote status through e-governance using state-of-the-art technologies, first time in the world. He appreciated the cooperation offered by the Ufone and Telenor in this historic move leading towards ensuring free and fair elections. Deputy Chairman NADRA, Secretary ECP and Chiefs of Ufone, WARID and Telenor later signed the agreement.

Details on the procedure and short code for the service will be announced as soon as the electoral rolls are ready which is expected sometime next month.

via Press Release

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3 Responses to Electoral Rolls on SMS – Cellular Operators Join Hands with Nadra and ECP

  1. Pingback: Electoral Rolls on SMS – Cellular Operators Join Hands with Nadra and ECP | Tea Break

  2. Just saw this recent news

    Telenor Pakistan Promoting Indian Actors to Increase their VAS Sales
    Posted by Express Pakistan on December 28th, 2011

    Telenor Promoting Indian Actors To Increase their VAS Sales
    Telenor Pakistan, a Norway based cellular company having its operations running since 2005 in Pakistan has recently launched a campaign to promote their caller tunes. In their recent marketing promotions they are using Indian actors to give strength to their brand, considering there is no one capable enough in Pakistan fashion industry to accompany their Brand.

    Telenor Marketing team while while giving comments on the issue said ‘This is a caller tune of movie DON and using Shahruk is to promote the content, not the actor.’

    Don ko pakarna mushkil hi nahin…Na mumkin hai Duniya dhoondhti reh jayey gi magar sirf Talkshawk ke customers hi pakar saktey hein Don 2 film ki smart tunes.

    Industry analysts forecast it as a second major blunder after their last hajj campaign blunder in which they hired a christen artist from Pakistan who was seen performing hajj in their TV commercial. Later the company stopped the TVC and developed a new version of the same TVC.

    The decision of promoting Indian artists in Pakistan is highly condemned by locals. Another marketing campaign of Telenor ‘Khamoshi ka boycott’ was having a TV commercial, showing students making fun of their teacher. Such ethics by a Christen origin multinational disgracing our ethical values and hurting our emotions is not acceptable at any level.

    Don ko pakarna mushkil hi nahin…Na mumkin hai Duniya dhoondhti reh jayey gi magar sirf Talkshawk ke customers hi pakar saktey hein Don 2 film ki smart tunes

    Taimoor Gardazi, a Telecom IT professional while giving comments on Telenor way of Marketing said

    Telenor must revisit their marketing approach towards Islamic state of Pakistan. People in this part of the world teach their children to bestow utmost respect to their teachers. They way Telenor is feeding our youngsters is misleading them.

    It is important to mention here that in the past, Telenor Pakistan was involved in Plagiarism i.e. Telenor’s Advertising Plagiarism As their video Khamshi ka Boycott on YouTube is not even original. It has been copied by Volkwagen Beetle ad.

    The important point to note here is that this is not the first time Telenor has copied from other ads. They previously copied from Pepsi campaign for their Karo Mumkin website and this time they didn’t even hesitate to copy from the ad which is also available on YouTube.

    Saadia Khan

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