Pakistan’s Election Commission uses SMS service to facilitate voters

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Pakistan's election commission uses SMS service for votersBy Tariq Ali

For the first time in Pakistan, the country’s Election Commission used SMS service to alert voters of a constituency about their polling center, vote number and other important information required to cast their vote. This was done for the upcoming by-elections in Multan city to be held on 19th July.

Election Commission of Pakistan has also mentioned this on their official website as follows:

Pursuant to the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court regarding issuing of “Purchies” to voters or any other mode providing voting information necessary for casting vote, the Election Commission of Pakistan with the assistance of NADRA, has pushed to 138,000 voters of the NA-151 Multan-IV information about name of voters, Block Codes, polling stations’ names and numbers, Serial Numbers (Silsila Numbers) at their cell/mobile numbers through SMS to facilitate the voters at their doorsteps for casting their vote in an easy manner. In addition to the above, the Election Commission has already established 40 camps throughout the constituency where the requisite information would be provided to all the voters and has also sent “Purchies” to all the voters of NA-151 Multan-IV through postal services. Therefore, for unobstructed and fair conduct of bye-election, all the voters of NA-151 Multan-IV are informed and urged to note the received message so that they may be able to cast their vote in a smooth and easy manner.


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