Biometric Voting System became a Myth in Pakistan

Biometric Voting System became a Myth in Pakistan.

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday agreed to hold local government (LG) elections in Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) without a biometric voting system.

The office of senior provincial minister, Inayatullah Khan confirmed that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf agreed to hold local body elections in KP without biometric voting system.

A letter was written to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stating that the KP government was ready to conduct LG elections in April next year without the biometric system.

 With a view to ensuring transparency earlier PTI demands for biometric voting system for local body election.

 Inayatullah Khan said that the provincial government had been demanding use of the biometric system since day one, but the ECP was not ready to use it at such short notice.

 On Nov 14, an official of the ECP had surprised members of the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms, when he told them that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were just as prone to fraud -if not more so -as traditional polling methods.

ECP’s Director General Information Technology Khizar Aziz had candidly told the parliamentary body that the software used by EVMs could be manipulated to affect the results. He said that EVMs installed at polling station were vulnerable to hacking via Bluetooth signals and other forms of wireless connectivity.

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Ummer Faizan

Ummer Faizan is currently working as a Web Producer at Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. He is the Mass Communication undergrad and holds keen interest in analyzing current state of affairs with the perspective of Pakistani youth.

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