NADRA chief orders probe into letter despatched to ECP


The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Chairman Tariq Malik on Saturday ordered an inquiry into who had authorised writing a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on the difficulty of a brand new electoral course of.

Malik additionally reprimanded the authorities involved on writing the letter utilizing a ‘harsh’ tone.

On Thursday, the ECP had reminded NADRA that developing with a brand new course of for holding of polls was its area solely and lamented the tone adopted by the “authority’s chairman” in his letter to the physique.

It has been learnt that the NADRA Project Directorate had written a letter to the ECP secretary on August 20 as an alternative of the chairman.

Sources stated on August 2, the NADRA chairman had briefed the chief election commissioner on the brand new e-voting system.

The assembly was additionally attended by the data expertise director common and different senior officers of the ECP.

The NADRA chairman stated in the course of the briefing that based on a report of unbiased auditors, a interval of 1.5 years was required to rectify the deficiencies within the outdated system.

According to the IT consultants, the brand new system would take three years to construct. However, the NADRA chairman provided to finish the system in only a 12 months.

Under the brand new system, NADRA would put together for the ECP an built-in e-voting system for abroad Pakistanis, consisting of the fee’s personal knowledge centre, servers and a 3rd occasion software program.

The system could be administratively and technically managed by the ECP itself. Through it, the fee could be self-sufficient in all preparations for e-voting. The new system would don’t have anything to do with NADRA computer systems or servers.

The CEC appreciated the brand new e-voting system for abroad Pakistanis proposed by the NADRA chairman and verbally instructed the authority to move forward with it.

In this context, the NADRA Project Directorate wrote a letter to the ECP secretary on August 20, asking him to current in writing the verbal orders given within the August 2 assembly in order that the work on the brand new system might be accomplished inside a 12 months.

According to NADRA officers, the brand new e-voting system was primarily based on accountability and transparency.
Under this technique, each voter would know whether or not their vote had been counted within the ultimate depend or not, they added.

In its letter, the EPC had stated it was disenchanted with the tone of the NADRA chairman.
“His tone gives the impression that the ECP operates under the NADRA,” it wrote.

The fee additional famous that NADRA needed a brand new settlement of Rs2.four billion for e-voting with the ECP.

“NADRA should first explain why it abandoned the previous e-voting scheme on which Rs66.5 million had already been spent.”

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