Vote Verification via SMS Served 4.5 Million Requests in 2 Weeks

Check and Find Out Your Polling Station Details Through 8300

Over 4.5 million citizens have so far verified their records of vote through SMS service which was launched from March 1 to facilitate citizens to verify their vote registration and particulars in the voters lists.

Deputy Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Tariq Malik yesterday told APP that Mobilink, being the largest mobile phone operator is leading in term of checking vote verification through SMS, as around 1.44 million eligible voters have utilized its network.

Telenor is second as far as using the particular service is concerned. Around 1.282 million voters have so far checked the status of their votes through its network. Ufone is third in a row with 980,072 SMS, Warid with 448,438 and Zong with 392,816.

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Tariq Malik said Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in collaboration with NADRA and mobile phone operators launched the world’s biggest short message service (SMS) for 83.2 million Pakistani voters besides displaying new electoral rolls across the country.

He said on sending at short code 8300 CNIC number (without dashes), a voters gets an SMS with the information of his/her electoral area name in Urdu language, where she/he is registered to vote, including tehsil and district. Exact Block code number per Pakistan Census Organization is also displayed with serial number in the respective voters list.

Mr. Malik appreciated the cooperation of mobile companies in this historic move leading towards ensuring free and fair elections. This is the initial phase and cellular companies will design more strategies to encourage citizens while with the passage of time.


  • MySchizoBuddy

    SO this only verifies the information. it won’t actually register me as a voter.

  • Shariq

    That’s almost Rs.1 crore spent in sms messages only! as the cost of sending sms is approximately Rs.2.75 (Including all taxes) or Rs.2 excluding taxes!

  • Xahid

    I didn’t receive any response from 8300 Back !

  • zong

    may be you are using ZONG

    • Xahid

      Warid !

  • Jutt

    This kind of data will also show the true picture of actual active subscribers of mobile phone companies.

  • Muhammad Ali

    Why not have SMS-based voting instead of costly paper-based voting????????

    • Salman Zafar

      That would be absolutely unreliable and unacceptable by almost all political parties…

  • Faheem Shahzad

    I am getting the following text message from ECP.

    “Please contact nearest Display Center or District Election Commissioner Office for further Information”.

    Why the hell I shall contact them or stand in queue AGAIN to check whether or not my vote is correctly listed ????

    What’s the use of this freaking service then??? If ALL THEY CAN DO IS, SEND THE ABOVE MESSAGE

  • Hina Naaz

    Shame on Chairman NADRA for making darama of their employees on national newspapers that they are making disturbance to their service, while we are working for our basic rights, such sms services are only a output of 15 hours a day working, we have worked hard to get this goal, but found nothing instead of lathi charge, we are graduates and being lathi charged and arrested, this is being given to NADRA employees, shame on chairman

  • MUHAMMAD MERAJ KHALID

    dear sir,please tell me my vote no