LG polls: Pasban demands accelerating CNIC issuing process

KARACHI: Terming the snail-paced process of issuing of computerized national identity cards (CINCs) to Karachi voters a sort of pre-poll rigging, Pasban e Pakistan here Wednesday demanded that the process of issuing CNICs to the voters in Karachi should be accelerated so that all voters could use their right of vote in the coming local bodies’ elections.

Pasban e Pakistan senior vice president Tariq Jameel, in a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan, said there are many voters in Karachi whose national identity cards have already been expired. These citizens have been facing problems in renewal of their CNIC as the number of NADRA offices is Karachi is not enough to cater the needs of this mega city. Moreover, in many NADRA offices there is an acute shortage of staff.  He said the citizens have to wait in long queues for hours to get their CINCs.  He said even some candidates of local bodies polls have been facing problems due to expiry of their CNICs and they should be allowed to take part in the LG polls as a special case.

Pasban leader said in Orangi Town citizens gather before the NADRA office at midnight so that they could get a place in very long queue. He said the facility of issuance of CNIC from the centers of another area has been ended and the citizens are required to contact the NADRA center of their area only.

Tariq Jameel demanded of the chief election commissioner Sindh and chairman NADRA to issue immediate CNICs to the candidate of the local government polls. He said special camps should be arranged outside the NADRA offices in area where there is shortage of staff so that the CINCs could be issued to the citizens without loss of time. He said this would help in facilitating voters to take part in the LG polls. He said the citizens should be provided the facility that they can apply for the CINCs at any NADRA center so that they could be rid of waiting in very long queues. -PR

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