Computerized Balloting

Following message was sent to CEC. Copy was sent directly to Moderator for wider circulation in light of public good.

A Pakistani man walk next to ballot box after he collected his voting paper at a polling station in Islamabad. Pakistan votes

By: Captain Akmal Shah(R)

Honourable Justice (Retd.) Mr. Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim
Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan
Your Honour,
    As a concerned citizen of Pakistan and for the public good, and having given due thought to the election process as done in past elections, I have to say that the process was far from satisfactory and most Pakistanis would agree with this view point, and as reported in newspapers you have expressed dissatisfaction also and have taken steps to improve the system. I am confident that the present balloting system can be further improved. To prevent/minimize rigging of elections, bullying and coercion of voters by use of goondas and other strong arm tactics, including use of fire arms by candidates, a computerized balloting system would be much more, if not the most, effective. Such a computerized balloting system developed indigenously is in existence and according to developers of the system has been exported to and used successfully in other countries, and is available at much lower costs than an imported system. If India and other countries can use our computerized balloting system, why can we not do so?
    Local developers of software of computerized balloting system claim that the system uses NADRA N.I.C. cards and database and can be fully and/or jointly or solely monitored by ECP. It uses voters’ finger prints at the time of casting votes to ensure that the right person, and no other person can or has voted . It gives freedom of movement to all voters to vote from any polling station of their choice any where in the country. Being computerized it is highly accurate and transparent. The Central gadget can be placed and sealed in the ECP main office. Army may be employed at polling stations to prevent vandalism.
    Transparent, free and fair elections are the need of the hour to bring about a change for the better in the lives of the poor and oppressed people of Pakistan. To break the hold on the poor people of Pakistan by corrupt and dishonest and powerful waderas, jagirdars, chaudhris, maliks, and industrialists, et cetera, transparent and accurate results of balloting are a must.
    Since 1947, Pakistan has been using the same manual system of balloting and ballot boxes, which is now out of date. In today’s modern high tech world with computers, internet, wi-fi, wireless, cell phones, computerized identity cards, et cetra the current antiquated system be sent to archives as it now belongs to the medieval ages. A better system is available. With all due respect, and for the sake of Pakistan and it’s people the present balloting procedures/system should be scrapped immediately to be replaced by an up to date computerized modern system.
    Concluding, I state that the timing of holding elections is a political matter. The way elections are held is an administrative matter. Common sense and fairness dictate that the best, most accurate, modern and transparent system be put into use without political interference for the forth coming elections. I hope and pray that this will come about for the sake of our beloved country and a new chapter of history will be created.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Captain Akmal Shah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Master Mariner (UK)
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  • Mustufa Kamal  On January 4, 2013 at 6:18 am

    ELECTORATE (8/10 semi educated with half baked ideas about GOVERNANCE;half remembered lessons of HISTORY,…………………………………. you are aware of it all.
    THE BIGGOTS and INTOLERANTS are likely to get their wish soon.

    .IF THIS IS THE WAY OUT, so be it !

  • SHOMU BHATTACHARYA  On January 4, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I could’nt agree more–rigging has happened in the past too and the politicians with their gang of armed goondas must not be allowed to get away this time.
    We all need a stable and prosperous Pakistan and with good, honest and patriotic politicians to lead the way to the future. And India needs that too.

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