Pakistan to trial biometrics in upcoming by-election
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced it will conduct its first pilot project using biometric machines at 30 polling stations in NA-19 Haripur for by-elections on August 16th.
The move comes almost a year after members of ECP and provincial chief election commissioner KP held a meeting to discuss how the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s insistence on introducing a biometric identification system for voters in LB polls would require at least six months of implementation time.
NADRA, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and UFONE will provide technical assistance in using the biometric machines.
The decision to conduct the pilot project aligns with the wishes of the political parties that a test run of biometrics be conducted in any by-election in an effort to educate the general public about its use in electoral activity.
All participating candidates in the by-election have welcomed the idea of use of biometrics machines for the pilot program.