ISLAMABAD - NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik has written a letter to leaders of all political parties seeking their assistance in mobilising the citizens to obtain computerised national identity cards (CNlCs), which is also a pre-requisite for registration as voters.
This was stated in a statement issued here Monday. In his letter, the NADRA chairman said that the political parties’ outreach and presence across the country provides an opportunity to NADRA to access the population still unregistered. NADRA will extend its data acquisition units (DAUs) to the doorsteps of the citizens and is ready to perform registration operations through numerous mobile units, he said in the letter. NADRA has 452 national registration centres, 252 mobile registration vans and 70 semi-mobile units registering adults in the far-flung areas. He urged the political parties to identify the people, especially women, who are still unregistered. He also reiterated and reinforced the institutional commitment to political neutrality, egalitarianism and public interest.
These principles have guided NADRA over the past five years and will continue to prevail, strengthening public trust of the citizens of Pakistan and credibility around the world, he said. He also extended his personal gratitude for their support and confidence that they have reposed in NADRA, enabling it to achieve as great landmark as more than 90% registration of citizens and preparation of final electoral rolls under the supervision of the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said NADRA had emerged as a well-respected state-of-the-art public institution, providing prompt and efficient services to the public. “However, greater goals have yet to be achieved. There continues to be population who does not have computerised national identity cards, most of them being women from the far-flung rural areas,” he said. He was sure that all systems of NADRA were secure and well-safeguarded.