Test run: ECP to introduce biometrics in NA-19 polls

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HARIPUR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to introduce the biometric system at 30 out of NA-19, Haripur’s 537 polling stations on an experimental basis during the upcoming elections scheduled for August 16.

Senior ECP officials dealing with the election and information technology system in Islamabad visited the DC Haripur office and held a meeting with representatives of all nine candidates and apprised them of the commission’s plans of introducing biometrics. After a long discussion, the candidates’ representatives signed a document of consent. The ECP officials assured them that in case the voting machines do not verify thumb impressions, voters will be allowed to cast ballots manually, after verification from polling agents.

The poll is being held following the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s directive that ended the 17-month-long legal battle between the candidates of PML-N and PTI.

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