Imran Calls for Electronic Voting Machines for Polling

SMS based electoral system, a self explanatory idea was first proposed at ProPakistani, where Jabran rafique, in detail, explained this revolutionary idea on how can we make this into practice.

To review in a nut shell, the idea was to develop a voting system for elections that will work via SMS service, where the CNIC number of the voter will be used to get his/her identity via NADRA.

Working on the similar grounds, Imran Khan, Chairman PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) has filed a constitutional petition in Supreme Court, whereby he proposed Election Commission to introduce electronic voting machines. One may opine here that it is different thing as compared with the SMS Based Electoral System but the sole purpose behind the idea is same.

To make the system more efficient, clean and bogus free, voter is to be verified via National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) using the electronic system to make the vote casting process, as cleaner as it can be.

The idea was well explained through the following flow chart, on how a voter can be identified as well as verified from NADRA so that once he has casted the vote, he is not able to vote again and only exact and accurate number of votes may be counted for the results.

The petition is filed under the Article 184(3) through advocate Hamid Khan, where he prayed to direct the election commission of Pakistan to introduce eltronic rolls, which will help in making the system white as well as efficient.

He prayed that the new electoral rolls should be introduced in a manner that should include the name of voter in such electoral area wherein his address mentioned on the CNIC exists.

Imran Khan further stressed on the importance of this system by arguing that photographs of the voters should also be included in electoral rolls in the future elections as well as praying that the election commission should take into account the following points:

  • Bogus electoral rolls would destroy the basic right of vote given by the constitution and the laws to the citizens
  • Nadra had reported the authenticity of 37.18 million voters, but it could not verify them when the Election Commission sent electoral list to it for verification
  • It is thus self evident that there are 37.18 million bogus votes registered by the Election Commission in the electoral rolls
  • This would constitute 45.67 percent of the total voters entered on the electoral roll
  • These new machines will not only rule out the possibility of dual voting by a voter but will also result in accurate number of vote counts
  • Violation of sanctity of the ballot boxes may also be eradicated
  • India and Bangladesh have already adopted this technology in their election systems

On a personal note, this system, in doubt, has many fruitful outcomes as well as the eradication of different kinds of frauds and mishaps but one point that may lead the idea to the “files” is that in an under developing country where load-shedding is a big problem, these machines may face electricity issues in some areas, though can be overcome using the generators and other resources but huge capital is required to implement the system.

Whereas the idea, earlier given, SMS Based Electoral System is much easier to implement and is more hassle free.

  • Not bad idea.. but what if anyone uses someone else’s CNIC number and cast the vote.. now a days most of the things we do buying or selling requires photo copy of CNIC so i believe anyone can use anyothers CNIC to cast a vote… so that won’t be fair i believe…

    • Pakistan’s CNIC has thumb impression data base which can be used to tackle this issue in case of voting machines as proposed by Imran. Also picture database can be made available to election officers.

      In case of voting by SMS- yes, there are too many possible frauds. Stolen CNICs, capability to send SMS with wrong CLI from internet etc.

  • sms voting is a good idea but it wil be real harder to implement in rural areas. as people can be forced to cast vote to waderaas of the area.
    confirmation to sender should be changed in this system. develop some other method of confirming. so that people cant be forced to vote or even if they are they can change vote.(in some time frame).

  • no system is expensive if it could bring REAL ELECTED people in assembly!

    i hope this issue could get some important in all segments of media

  • Excellent idea….there will be so much resistance in its implementation as bad guys will not see the HOUSE again.

  • one of the great idea given by Imran khan…it’s must be change the assembly possition n al fake degree holders get this system…its must bhi implemented by election commision…really a great change in pak nation….hope all true leaders support this..! :S

  • sms based voting, first one will have to increase the level of awareness, and second the language matters as most of people who live in rural areas can’t write english/urdu!

  • its nice Idea

    but i think ..

    Finger Print SysTEm will be more beniefical for voting .

    to prevent sms frud .

    • The problem is that not many people come to polling booths to cast their votes… we are just too lazy now.. It would be more effective if there would be a way to cast the votes securely while sitting at home..

  • I was giving it a thought and probably an improved way would be if we could intriduce the following three changes to it:
    1. Voter must register for the vote. At the time of registration, voter must provide the Phone number, CNIC and 4 digit pin that he will use to cast his vote.
    2. Pin number must be entered secretly at the key pad to be saved encrypted in the database.

    3. When the vote is casted, all three pieces of information must be verified with the DB.

    4. Confirmation that will be sent back to voter msut not contain the information regarding his vote. It should only confirm that the vote was casted successfully.

    These will reduce the risk of bogus voting…

  • Lolling hard @ those who proposed this idea.
    Let’s have a look at the figures.

    Literacy rate in Pakistan: 55 percent.
    Total number of mobile subscribers: ~94.26 million, roughly 60 percent of the population of Pakistan.
    Most of the subscribers have upto five SIM’s registered on one id card.

    With this system, they are targeting approximately 60 percent of the population. What about the rest? Definitely someone will cast their vote! and everyone knows how!
    Too much bogus CNIC’s will come into play and too much bogus SIM’s will come into play and It will be the day of the hackers!! YEAH!!!

    Looks like they are trying to make the existing fraudulent system computerized and nothing else.


    • It’s very easy to criticise the process… do u have any other better suggestion???
      Every problem has a solution. Why can’t all the hackers hack all the ebusiness sites? It’s just not that easy. If you deploy a well thought system, it would defintely be hard; if not impossible to break. But it would surely be better then the current manual system where only 30% population casts theer votes and more then half of them are bogus.

      • Bro you didn’t get the point.

        First of all! any website or software can be hacked. If there is a website that is secure, it is because no one tried to hack it.

        And about the system, even though the process will be computerized but the system remains the same. It is Thief vs. Thief vs. Thief, and people vote for the best of them :)
        If this system brings a legit and deservable person for elections then it can be called a fantastic idea.

        • — any website or software can be hacked.

          Wrong. Many websites cant be hacked. It all depends on best security practices and good (informed, experienced) developers. Not everyone out there uses asp or php :):)

    • it’s OK if the uneducated people won’t cast their votes. If there are three people in a room; 2 Jaahil and 1 Aalim.. Shouldn’t what the Aalim says have more weightage then what two jaahil say?

  • This is fantastic idea and need of the day.
    On line verification of CNIC will minimize if not eliminate the chances of bogus voting. The important thing however would be to educate the masses through electronic media well before elections. Moreover the local bodies elections before general elections be held through electronic ballot.

  • Possible only when unverified SIMs are blocked. Otherwise ho sakta hai meri jaga koi aur Imran ko vote cast kr de aur jab mei kisi ko vote krun to reject ho jae :P

  • SMS Based idea is totally useless. Computer based is a nice idea though require big security measures

  • Nice idea from educated person. About the fraud, you can involve GSM service providers also to verify that the person who is sending this sms is coming from the same phone number and his or her CNIC number should match with information of a person at the time of sim registration.

    When there is a will there is a way….



  • Computerized voting system is best if correctly implemented. It should work starting with a finger print scan of a person and vote is casted after inputting the cnic number which if matches the finger print, or the process may be reversed. This requires an efficient technology and infrastructure.

  • I am agree with this new service launching by Imran Khan… and me happy to taken vote through sms Imran Khan.

  • Nice Idea ! But as majority says it is very much less secure and vulnerable to bogus voting

    E-VOTING is a need of the day no doubt!

    But In my opinion internet based voting with polling stations and strong security schemes like MD5 or DES 256 etc will be more efficient and practical

    Fingerprints should be taken as authentication method and voters data should be created by the help of NADRA and voter itself so that voter should register and system should be reliable.

    And Why the hell anyone tries hard to hack such system !!

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