Efficient, Cost Effective and Rigging Free Electronic Voting System for Pakistan Proposed

Recently held election in Pakistan saw massive criticism due to various rigging incidents in different constituencies of the country. Observers said that at least 10 percent – or 7,000 – polling stations were reportedly rigged to influence the voters.

Bogus votes, pressurizing voters, in-availability of ballot boxes, papers and various other similar problems were reported in different parts of the country.

Experts – the optimistic ones – are of the view that overall elections went well and there is no way of making election 100 percent fool-proof, especially at this magnitude.

However, Rizwan Zakir, a Pakistani Australian, differs. He believes that voting system can be made flaw-less by leveraging the technological advancements and valuable data that NADRA has gathered so far.

Rizwan claims that an Electronic Voting System (EVS) – if deployed – will be more efficient, productive, cost effective and rigging free as compared to current manual, paper-ballot based voting system in the country.

It merits mentioning here that Indonesia recently tried an E-Voting system as a pilot and received positive reviews.

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How Electronic Voting System Will Work?

Very simple: Here would be the process:

  • An individual will go to polling station
  • Will get his/her CNIC swapped
  • Record his/her thumb-impression
  • (Thumb-impression and CNIC cards will be matched to verify voter in real time)
  • After Verification, voter will cast his/her vote though Touchscreen Ballot Screens
  • And that’s it.

EVS

EVS at the Back End

At the time of CNIC swapping (of the voter) all the details will be loaded to the server (hosted at polling station), which will then cross-verify the voter with thumb impression. Once voter will be confirmed, the touch screen ballot will get activated automatically. Here voter can go and cast his/her vote by inputting his/her choice.

Input of vote will be directly relayed to ECP servers in real time.

Rizwan said that cross checking of thumb-impression with CNIC data can be completed with-in 5 seconds.

Moreover, touch-sensitive ballot screens will get activated only after verification of voter, and will accept only one vote, hence eliminating any chances of multiple voting or voting on the CNICs of dead people.

Securing Electronic Voting System

Like Election Commission of Pakistan, the electronic voting system should be developed and maintained by non-partisan team. System should be audited by reputable firms and every political party should be taken on-board for the deployment of such system.

Network and machine-level security can be maintained by NADRA through firewalls.

Benefits of Electronic Voting System

  • Electronic Voting System will involve lesser cost, as compared to printing, shipment and handling of conventional ballot papers and boxes.
  • Vote-counting will be really quick and in real-time
  • Chances of rigging and bogus voting will be fully eliminated
  • Number of invalid votes can be reduced by a great deal

Possible Challenges

  • Trust level in masses for Electronic Voting System might not be very high
  • Training of presiding officers for using the Electronic Voting System
  • Current political system will not allow the deployment of such as flaw-less system

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • do u think this will come to pak

    • No, unless an educated Government lead Pakistan. Current Corrupt govt will never implement this system because they know chances of their winning will be reduced to 100% after implementation of this fool proof system.

      • HEHEHEHHE u must be a PTI supporter :P

        • raza

          i dont think…its pti support…
          we all know that what reason behind ?

        • I am supporter of everyone who play a positive role for development of Our Country!

          • Khalid Ahmed

            I think you used “current” government for PPP government, but they are no more, sitting government in Pakistan is “acting” government and there has been no proof of them being corrupt so far ;)

      • Furqan

        Bhai Not Fillhaal to Qarzay Aye Gey Humary NoJawano k pass aur soud khaen gey then kahey gey proudly Hum Musalman hai.

        • anonymous

          Aur jis nein dhobi ki istri khareedni hay wo khareed lay, jis nein nai (hajam) ki dokan dalni hay wo dal lay (what a thought for the youth of pakistan)

          “Quote from the speech of a great visionary leader NS”

          • Furqan

            lol

          • Guest

            No, Its thinking of Youth of Punjab, Jahil awam paindu :P

            • Khalid Ahmed

              I am not Punjabi, but I really want admin to delete your comment, this is against the spirit of one country, one nation. If people of Punjab didn’t choose a party doesn’t mean you should start using these words for them.

            • Hashim Saleem

              I wonder why people like you cant see Sindh.

              • Haibat Khan

                Beacuse he is a PTI troll. lolz

            • Haibat Khan

              Lolz…from now on, the literacy level would be measured in Pakistan according to PTI’s voter support of that area.

              Thats how loosers like you are putting their frustration out…

      • Khalid Ahmed

        Current government is acting government in Pakistan working from last less than 2 months, how can you call them corrupt?

        • lo bhai kardia del khush :P ?

          I am talking about current govt, I think you are unaware of Past of PML-M Corruption. I am not saying X is not corrupt and Y is corrupt. They all are fooling us from years.

          Zardasri, PML-Q they all are looting our country. Mr Fuking Nawaz sharaf is 2nd most richest man of Pakistan. Thanks to corruption. Remember “Qarz utaro Mulk Sanwaro Scheme” Where is they money he collected from Do a little research on how many industries he had before he got selected for PM for the second time, Compare it with his current Assets.This Fuking Bastard own 100m $ From where its coming from?

          He was in jail, Came out of nowhere and got selected for PM, Found innocent in every single case against him. This didn’t happen overnight. Mr Nawaz is Paid Slut of USA.

        • Read a Column of DR Abdul Qadir Khan

      • Khalid Ahmed

        Current government is acting government in Pakistan working from last less than 2 months, how can you call them corrupt?

  • Kudos!

  • Hamid Roshaan

    Yeah It is an amazing system
    I was also thinking about this after massive rigging reported in Pakistan

    • Furqan

      Bhai aap sochty reh gaye aur karney waly kar kar rigging..Kal International Election Observers ney b keh dia k buht rigging howi aur EC keh raha hai Mubarak ho Is bar rigging ni howi…

      • Khalid Ahmed

        Yes bohat rigging, but they mentioned Karachi :) They didn’t give any numbers/percentage.

  • Samar

    Wow i just thinking about this idea when i see ringing videos.

    +1

  • bravo

    what about hackers? what about system blackouts? i believe we are not ready for this with the infrastructure we have….however, there are changes required in current system…an independent ECP leading to well trained staff. and polling stations need to be monitored by spot check teams wherever complaints are recieved.

    • anonymous

      Regarding the security concerns “No device is secure in this word”. Atleast we can make this as secure as possible. The devices will be using some sort of thin clients connected to WWW and the traffic will be sent via SSL. Each device will have a storage device (some sort of encrypted SD as a backup as this is encrypted so no worries) attached to it which will sync/update data on EC DB servers. As all the network will be isolated and will be some sort of VPN so that will be secure enough to handle all the stuff. BTW thin clients are already being used by many security agencies who access data from severs, all traffic is sent VIA SSL and even the device gets IP from some centerlized server so no worries.

      • Haibat Khan

        Things always go wrong when novices like you use buzz words like SSL, VPN and say “no problem, its secure”. Answer me if Google had been using SSL for (its https:// URLS), how the hell it was defaced ?? The answer is very simple: DNS hijacking. Security is not a simple business kido.

        • Ahmad

          There are ways, Google is exposed to the whole world, they have to compromise services vs security. A polling environment is totally different, u can create trusted hosts, short term security and encryption keys are far more secure. Any way this is not the discussion. For me the 1st big question is that no one in the govt wants to deploy such as system. U expect cockroaches to clean the sewer lines ? it is impossible. The rest of the debate then becomes useless.

    • Haibat Khan

      BTW, unavailabilty is just one of the issues. The list is so long; ther are too many practical issues in deploying succesful e-voting systems.

  • Uknown

    Jab Staff hi Involve hi ho to Aapka Haath Pakud k Marzi Ki Jaga pe Vote Cast kara dya jaiga

    • unknown2

      Check it again, polling booth is monitored by live CCTV camera.

      • Saeed

        not all the polling stations were equipped with cctv cameras. In my polling station there were no cameras, but there was written on the entrance gate of the school used as polling station that this PS is monitored by satellite cameras, after reading which I couldnt stop laughing. And more importantly if there were CCTV cameras wasn’t it easy to spot the rigging, why didn’t they show any rigging footage from CCTVs in polling stations???

        • Ahmad

          I went to a Govt High School to vote. Falling roofs, broken windows, broken chairs, it appeared a tornado had hit that school a couple of days back, no security, two policemen at the gate and one at the door where polls were to be dropped.

          Now what to talk about cameras or any fancy arrangements that u mentioned. Then the in charge were all those teachers who are involved in forging metric results, selling question papers, who themselves got that job after paying a huge sum to Molana Diesel.

          Outside metropolitan cities, this country is a mess

      • Saeed

        not all the polling stations were equipped with cctv cameras. In my polling station there were no cameras, but there was written on the entrance gate of the school used as polling station that this PS is monitored by satellite cameras, after reading which I couldnt stop laughing. And more importantly if there were CCTV cameras wasn’t it easy to spot the rigging, why didn’t they show any rigging footage from CCTVs in polling stations???

  • The diagram makes sense because if you look at the security personal inside and out, they look like the ARMY. That’s the real solution. If our armed forces is given full charge of making sure that the electoral process is followed fairly we would not face these issues. Electronic System or Manual doesn’t make a difference!!!

    • My question is …kia army k log itney farigh hai k woh hell lot of polling stations pr ja kar ek security gaurd ki tarah kharay hoi? tu borders par kia police khari hogi?
      No offense kindly give a thought on my idea as well presented below some comments.

      • Wajiha, ignorance prevails in this society and your argument depict that. Army can spend billions of Rs on war on terror, get 40,000 Pakistanis killed, spend 10 years fighting in afghan and other places, but cannot spend 1 day ensuring the future of Pakistan goes into right hands? give me a break, sick of dumb pakis.

        • ali

          Well said.

      • Saeed

        ek din k liye army ko engage kiya jasakta he, we have got a large army even half of it would be sufficient to provide security on 70k polling stations. only 3-4 army personnel are enough. 4 x 70000 = 280000. 2 lakh 80 hazar only. or 3 lakh at the most. While our army is in millions. that is not at all the issue if the govt n ECP is serious and sincere about elections and the future of our country.

        • Haibat Khan

          Army is in millions ….lolz. Yeah maybe 0.5 million(s)….. :-D

          • Saeed

            chalo one million to ho gi hi d pt is we don’t even need half million, 300k at the most, hence army can be engaged 4 elections

          • Saeed

            chalo 1 million to hogi hi na, the point is we dnt even need 0.5 mill, 300k at the most, so army can be engaged 4 elections unless it is also corrupt and partial

  • Malik Adeel Ahmed

    koi acha kaam krnay ki taofeeq mili hoti hamaray leaders ko to yeh nobat he nahi aani thi….

    • ager kaum ne mil kar kuch acha kaam krney ki taufeeq di hoti government ko to b yeh naubat nai ati.Blaming leaders wont bring any good to our country.

      • Yes, Dumb Pakistanis like you should be blamed.

        • Haibat Khan

          You seem to be a PTI troll frustrated at their defeat…lolz

      • Haibat Khan

        Bilkul sahi kaha aap nay

  • NADRA had similar ideas after the 2002 elections and their prototypes might still be there, but the costs of implementing such a system across 70k polling stations are prohibitive compared to the paper ballot. You are comparing Rs 10 per vote worth of printing and logistics to Rs 100k of equipment and networking costs per polling station (estimates are 2002). On top of that you are have educate the masses, train the staff and protect the system from hijacks.

    Such systems do exist and work wonderfully well in civilized nations such as Switzerland where they have been electronically holding local bodies elections for the last many years. Implementing EVS in Pakistan is not possible at the moment.

    • Schajee kindly give a thought on my idea as well which is presented below some comments,and yes I agree similar ideas didn’t just came in NADRA but the idea was even thought to be implemented in era of musharaff, and just to include bit more ,our country has everything but people didn’t showed this much of courage before to stand for their rights.Now as they are so I am developing some hopes and In sha Allah soon many awareness sessions will be conducted in this regards .

    • Abdullah

      You are right, this system is expensive. but it is a one time cost. we do not think for a long term plan. if we somehow manage to implement this system in Pakistan, it will benefit whole nation in every election.

    • Haibat Khan

      Bulls Eye…

  • NADRA had similar ideas after the 2002 elections and their prototypes might still be there, but the costs of implementing such a system across 70k polling stations are prohibitive compared to the paper ballot. You are comparing Rs 10 per vote worth of printing and logistics to Rs 100k of equipment and networking costs per polling station (estimates are 2002). On top of that you are have educate the masses, train the staff and protect the system from hijacks.

    Such systems do exist and work wonderfully well in civilized nations such as Switzerland where they have been electronically holding local bodies elections for the last many years. Implementing EVS in Pakistan is not possible at the moment.

  • RayhaN

    is Country k Log bohat Sayyanay hain… ATM or Mobile Use kar saktay hain magar Vote daltay waqt yeh Jahil Kehlaaty hain….
    India agar adopt kar sakta hai Electronic Voting Machine to Pakistan kyun nahi???
    Thappa Party iqtadaar mein aa kar kabhi nahi chahy ge k yeh system aye…
    han agar PTI ke government banti to zaroor aa jata yeh system…
    ab India ke Ghulaami bhi karni paray ge in NS SS ke wajah sy….

  • Ok here is something I want to share,its actually quiet normal approach
    and i believe many of us would have thought about it after giving their
    first vote. I observed many flaws in current voting system while
    standing in queue so even my mom who is not educated came up with this
    kind of idea and same answer from one of my friend.

    First thing first,the picture giving idea of concept it good this what I didn’t do I just wrote my idea on a page.

    Now I would like to share my idea of voting system which has more possibility of being implemented :

    A new computerized system In collaboration with

    1.Major banks having their ATM branches all over the country and globally(in consideration of our overseas Pakistanis)

    2.NADRA for persons inquiry.

    We
    would just need to develop a software which can be connected with
    those ATM machines .The software will work in a way that a person will
    go inside and place a thumb and will enter his or her NIC number which
    will be verified by NADRA as they already have developed computerized
    data so it will take seconds to verify tumb print with their NIC.

    ATM’s
    used by banks already have such system like selecting options and
    verification criteria,so we would just need to connect the systems.(I
    know some people will come up with technical flaws in this as well but
    the point is that its just is a rough idea at a moment and problems will
    be resolved when experts will work on it)

    ATM branches already
    have cameras so in voting days it will be controlled by central police
    headquarters and they will supervise the whole activity from
    there.(Group of rangers will be placed in near stations so that they can
    give quick response if some suspicious activity observed.)

    last
    but not least the hole voting process will hardly take a minute and so
    there will be queue(which seems never ending in current system) and plus
    point is that government would not need to announce a holiday for
    this.(It is very important if one knows the opportunity cost of having
    such holidays )

    well that was just a quick summary and ill be producing detail analysis on it after my papers.

    Regards

    Wajiha Batool

    • There aren’t enough ATMs in rural areas where more than 50% of population lives. In my home town there’re clearly about 100K voters and there’s only one ATM currently.

      • Its not like that I forgot about rural areas ,I have enough knowledge and the solutions are not impossible .I just presented a rough idea which can be understandable by avg normal person just to create awareness.let the people stand for the idea first it can be improved alot when experts will sit to appraise the project.I hope this ans will satisfy you.:)

    • Faran

      Good approach Wajiha Batool if all of us get literated. But for illiterated people we would have arrange some sort of help for using ATM and some alternative approach.

      • Dear why we always get so rigid when a new idea is presented.If I am not a part of any party that surely makes me stand in a place where ill not forget about my country as a whole and that includes all citizen despite of the area they live in.kindly read the reply of above message :). keep spreading awareness as that’s the least one can do at a moment .

        • Faran

          Sorry if that seems of rigid to you but I wasn’t meant of that. I just tried to appreciate your thought first and then wish for the nation to become literate :)

          • sirf duai mangnai(wish karnay) sei mulk badaljatay tu muslims kabhi suffer nai krtay..if you want them to be literate ,put your efforts to make it possible,,,hamaray ird gird hi itna loog hai k ager ap ek effort unko literate krnay pr lagai gai tu apko lagay ga k apki wish pori hogai..trust me it works .

        • Saeed

          Wajiha It’s not about being rigid, every sensible and reasonable citizen would welcome this pleasant change in our electoral system. BUT you have to think critically of the new system to cover any flaws and make it practical for implementation. If you don’t think it thoroughly enough it will fail and fall apart.

    • Wajiha Your idea is workable and FYI it is already there in the finalized concepts by openideo
      http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/concepting/voting-via-atm-network-/

  • Saeed

    hmm it’d be a much better polling system but I still have reservations on this being foolproof as it is subjective to the conditions of individual polling stations, someone can still abuse and rig the votes at station (3) right after the voters pass from the thumb impression verification station (2), anyone?

    • FACT

      Similar plan came into my mind after such issues and rigging.

      There are many ways to make this 100% foolproof, as a hint I can just give you example of ATM, like when you withdraw money, you have option to get balance slip, so same can be implemented and some additional layers on top of that and i am sure it will be perfect. ;)

    • Faran

      No problem, rather than get the thumb verified through a person, we can ask the voter to go the touch screen and first touch his/her thumb on screen. If the impression is verified then the vote casting screen should appear otherwise goodbye!

      • Saeed

        “..we can ask the voter to go the touch screen and first touch his/her thumb on screen…”

        If someone hijacks or intrudes and cast the person’s vote instead after thumb verification, what then? You have already seen the conditions of our polling stations in these elections everybody could go in easily

  • This is Pakistan not US or UK yaha ki government ager is system p itne pese laga de gi to polling agents ko kaha se pese de gi is me b corruption h skti hai yeh Pakistan hai they know new methods of corruption

    • You need to develop faith not only in your country but in your self as well.

  • Saeed

    furthermore it can be a bit sluggish considering our population especially in cases of high turnouts. Most of our population is not very educated and tech savvy either so it would be hard to adapt to a totally new and alien technology for our people. It would also need higher maintenance and care-taking as well. Any failure during polling process can cause delays or disruption, additional technical teams have to be present at polling stations the whole time. I mean it’s a good thing but comes with a lot of complexities and issues. Quite a hassle for a country like ours :D
    Can anyone tell me where similar kinds of polling systems are employed in the world?

    • FACT

      It would be costly of course but there will be many benefits of it. Like Green environment, less usage of papers, seamless voting. That can be made simpler on user end, just swap CNIC, use few touch screen inputs and done!
      There was no blackout on polling day, only media was active, so apply that scnario in this system presence, there will be nothing sluggish but it would come at a cost. We can hope for that ;)

      • Faran

        Yes, we can also minimize overall cost by adding existing NADRA and Passport and Post offices in the proposed EVS. People should also have the possibility to cast vote by going to such offices. They already have environment available to make it converted in to a reasonably sized polling station for a couple of days. Through this way, we can spread polling process over multiple days when transparency is concerned!!!

  • just a citizen

    Let’s just not get carried away herer. In addition to the goons like MQM, the bigger problem here is illiteracy. Just imagine, given the literacy rate, village people will come and these thugs will cast their vote for them on their behalf. Cost effective?? how many computers? In rural areas, this wont work. In urban areas this would work if the ECP does not change the numbers after receiving the final count. In places like Karachi.. I dont know. <aybe these goons will force people to hand over their NICs and will cast their electronic votes on their behalf…

  • Dear Aamir, it is really amazing.
    I think this system need time to implement in our country. We have lot of issue regarding this system. At this time all online system not working properly like Banks, Railway etc. We have electricity issue,

    We hope it implement as soon as possible.

  • S

    Just go to Nadra offices and they take hours for preparing cnic and most of the time system are non Responsive or down!
    How you expect them for becoming backbone for such crucial event?

  • S

    Just go to Nadra offices and they take hours for preparing cnic and most of the time system are non Responsive or down!
    How you expect them for becoming backbone for such crucial event?

  • FzH

    Es saal pakistan mein 1 lac se ziada polling station banaye gaye.. Kia 1 lac computer systems aur touchscreen ballot machine free aayein gi :p ? aur agar light chali gai tu :D

    • Faran

      Acha jee, PKR20,000/- wala laptop students to PKR40,000/- ka keh kr gift kia ja sakta hai tou kitney billion cost ati hai is par. huhh…
      We can get used branded equipment (e.g. P4 PC @ PKR2,000/-); just use such systems and then donate to village schools after polling. Much Much cost saving and result oriented approach!

  • raja amer

    Thumbs up for the post!

  • Rehman

    Only applicable in urban areas.

  • I too really missed such a system on 11th May. In this system Everything sounds perfect except:

    1. It would only insure rigging free elections, but in our country majority of voters cast their votes on the sole basis of their associations with the local representatives, and do not give a shit about what happens at National level. So eduction is must must must.

    2. Training of presiding officers. By keeping in view the skill level of presiding officers I’ve seen this time, I must say they are UNABLE to use such a system no matter how much training you give to them, in rural areas I’ve seen old ladies as presiding officers who can’t even read well due to poor eye sight.

    3. I’m sure that 90% of the presiding officers in this election have never used a computer ever, how can such a person be trained for operating a software.

    My solution is:
    1. There must’ve been hired people with computer operator skills for one week and they should be trained to operate this software.

    2. Most importantly there should be Army inside and outside of the polling room so that young skilled presiding officers as well as voters can be assured of their security.

  • Qassim

    I agree 100% with my brother, Rizwan Zakir.

    It only requires will and honesty to implement this solution. I believe NADRA has the perfect setup to hold (re-)elections right away, if required.

    I would like to make a suggestion here:

    Convert NADRA offices into Polling Booths on Election day.

    Advantages:

    1) No need to train or hire additional staff for Election duties (Presiding officer can work as monitor / co-ordinator with Nadra staff). This will also ensure that the Presiding officer cannot induldge in any sort of rigging Or misuse his authority / power.

    2) Cost benefit: Government will not have to pay any kind of rent or set-up fee that they have to pay for setting up temporary polling stations in conventional elections.

    3) Convenience to the Voting public: Since polling will be ONLINE. People can go to any NADRA office to cast their vote, irrespective of the area they are currently residing in.

    4) Rural and urban population living in cities other than their hometowns will be able to cast their votes at NADRA offices nearest to them, truly utilizing the power of (Internet) ONLINE system.

  • Qassim

    I agree 100% with my brother, Rizwan Zakir.

    It only requires will and honesty to implement this solution. I believe NADRA has the perfect setup to hold (re-)elections right away, if required.

    I would like to make a suggestion here:

    Convert NADRA offices into Polling Booths on Election day.

    Advantages:

    1) No need to train or hire additional staff for Election duties (Presiding officer can work as monitor / co-ordinator with Nadra staff). This will also ensure that the Presiding officer cannot induldge in any sort of rigging Or misuse his authority / power.

    2) Cost benefit: Government will not have to pay any kind of rent or set-up fee that they have to pay for setting up temporary polling stations in conventional elections.

    3) Convenience to the Voting public: Since polling will be ONLINE. People can go to any NADRA office to cast their vote, irrespective of the area they are currently residing in.

    4) Rural and urban population living in cities other than their hometowns will be able to cast their votes at NADRA offices nearest to them, truly utilizing the power of (Internet) ONLINE system.

    • NOw that is something .Good job Qasim.you gave me one more direction to think upon despite of my own idea.kindly have a look .

    • Saeed

      Guess what my friend you’ve come up with the best idea so far, but are there enough NADRA centers in our country to facilitate 80 million plus voters in a day? because whenever I go to NADRA there are large queues of people waiting for their turns..

      • Qassim

        Hmmm, you are right!

        There is another solution that may be difficult to implement but not impossible:

        All Pakistani Bank accounts are linked with CNIC.

        Ask banks to allow use of their ATMs for election day. Connect them to NADRA’s database and all those holding ATM cards can vote through ATMs.

        Those who do not have bank accounts / ATM cards can vote through NADRA offices.

        Pakistan has the infrastructure. Only WILL is missing!!

  • Maqsood Ahmad

    We wish….it could be…….

  • Sajid

    Well, the solution presented is very good but I believe it does not suit Pakistan as someone has rightly mentioned that the implementation cost of such a system across 70K polling stations is beyond our capacity and there are other factors too like:

    – Power (Where I casted my vote, school class room had just one 60/100 watt bulb, no fan even and perhaps power was also out)

    – Illiteracy (our rural population is non-tech savy, it would be difficult to get them on it easily)

    – Of course, Money

    – Network and Hardware (We dont have broadband available all across villages in Pakistan)

    – Logistics for Hardware etc.

    And there would be many other issues.

    But I want to coin an idea of using SMARTPHONE with handheld or small biometric reader for voter verification and even Smartphone for casting the vote.

    Telecom services has far greater outreach than the broadband and cost of smartphones is very low as compared to all other hardware required for networking things.

    Mind it, SMARTPHONES shall be provided to a the ECP Staff and thumb verification will stop even ECP staff from rigging.

    Thank you.

  • Aamir, Very good post. Its time to analyse present system and develop flawless voting system for the future. Also get it develop it quickly aisa na ho jo Overseas Pakistani ke sath hua. Ordinance was issued 1day before the election.
    Kindly check and post the voting system of our neighbour INDIA which claim to be the world largest democracy and have Paper Free elections. Their system might help us in future.

  • Aamir, Very good post. Its time to analyse present system and develop flawless voting system for the future. Also get it develop it quickly aisa na ho jo Overseas Pakistani ke sath hua. Ordinance was issued 1day before the election.
    Kindly check and post the voting system of our neighbour INDIA which claim to be the world largest democracy and have Paper Free elections. Their system might help us in future.

  • Muhammad Abdullah

    Nothing is necessary. Only one thing can make the even the manual voting system 99.99% flaw-less. And that is the deployment of at least 3 Army personnel inside the polling station. Some of the culprits in Pak Army are not letting the system to be flawless. This is the fact no one can deny. We would have to accept it.

  • aam Awam

    It is also cost effective way of rigging, you don’t need to do it anywhere and no need to take any risk, just make sure the guy in EC control room is at your side, by hook or by crook

  • There are more security risks.

    1. Hacking or Tampering
    2. Villagers and less educated people will have difficulty using these machines
    3. How to proof tampering in case there is?

  • Voting will never never never bring change for Pakistani people. Revolution Pakistan will surely. After revolution the suggest system in this article will be possible and hope this is the best ever system for voting. You eliminate the possibility of bogus and invalid votes by this system but it will not be possible in our current corrupt political system. You cannnot stop mass rigging during elections and before elections, you cannot stop qeemy wala naan cluture, you cannot stop fake degree holders, terrorists, extremists tax avoidance, bank defaulters, 10 to 15 thousands billions of corruption mafia. No change is possible without revolution. They are all protecting the politics of corruption. Only one person is asking to “Save the State but Not politics”
    No change is possible in this current corrupt political electoral system.

  • Khalid Ahmed

    What if someone keeps pressing election symbol of his/her party ? What can be the check on touch screen ?

  • Khalid Ahmed

    What if someone keeps pressing election symbol of his/her party ? What can be the check on touch screen ?

  • qasim

    It is so nice hope so one day it will be implemented

  • MXaheer

    We must start working now and countless benefits there.
    1. Reduce poling budget
    2. Quick and clear acceptable results.
    3. Increase vote cast rate

    Muhammad Zaheer

  • Akmal

    It would be a great favour by the ECP if employed this system. The cost of this system would be much less than existing arrangements. Please work on this and the 2018 election must witness this system.
    Akmal

  • ImranShafqat

    What if someone cuts the internet cable? How will you deal with equipment theft issues? You know anything can happen in karachi or other sensitive areas of country.

  • Jawad

    This is really a well developed setup for Elections but I think before that we should consider the literacy rate of Pakistan. Will our ppl be able to operate those machines? If our political parties can hijack complete polling stations then it’s not impossible for them to hijack those machines operators? Secondly, we should consider power crises factor in Pakistan which is the biggest loop hole for electronic voting system. However, if we would be able to implement such technologies in Pakistan, that will significantly improve Election process in Pakistan

  • dr.waqar

    but for running this machinery electricity is required :P…and for operating touch screen device education is required..both of which are scarce in pakistan

  • Arslan Tariq

    Awesome i really like it

  • Amna

    I like the thought process of the author! Bt u have not thought about the security of this real time system! And how u will protect it from hackers around the world. The cost and expertise required for a secure connection of this magnitude is sadly not available in Pakistan at this point.

  • shahzad

    lol ye pakistan hai bro!!! yahan har cheez apne mofaad ke leye use ki jati hai!!!

  • gulo

    not any government of pak will deploy such things .except pti

  • Haibat Khan

    First a little of bit background. I am an Information Security expert and though e-voting is not my focused area but I do have working knowledge of current issues in electronic voting.

    The suggestion above may seem flawless and problem free in theory but practically there are many issues which still technologically need to be addressed. The most important of them is voter anonymity. The list of other issues can take up a lot of space here. The bottom line is had it been so easy; the US electoral system would have adopted it fully.

  • ali

    O bhai who wants this system in Pakistan. Pakistan luteron ki jannat
    hai. Touqeer Saidq ki nasal kay bap hain yahan saray, a billion dolar
    lay kay bhag gaya bastard or koi aik momin nahin kisi mulki idaray main
    kay us ko ghaseet kay lay aye or latka day. O bhai itna paisa to holly
    wood ki third class movies main dawn sahab nahin phiratay.

    Every
    stake holder here wants his share. Whether its the security apparatus
    or the govt, or opposition or bureaucracy or what ever. The Nation is left to vultures and hyenas. Non one is ready to address gigantic issues that are
    eating us inside out, that would lead to an implosion. Every one is
    busy minting benefits, getting extensions, enjoying protocols and plundering money.

    No technology and help can change our destiny unless intentions (Niat) of the rulers do not change.

    I remember some one said “It is like expecting cockroaches to clean the sewer”. Technology is not a hurdle, its the mafia that will not allow it.

  • Anas

    It will be so much Expensive, how Will Pakistan afford it at every polling station?

  • Bombay

    In 2004, India had adopted Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for its elections to the Parliament with 380 million voters had cast their ballots using more than a MILLION voting machines.

  • hafeezur rahman

    online voting system is my BS final year project any one who help me thats my id [email protected]