May 05

Verify Your Polling Station Via Mobile SMS 8300 in Pakistan

Check Your Polling stationThe Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has launched a verification service for registered voters.  The service can be used via single Short Message Service (SMS) from any network, eligible voter can easily verify his registration by sending Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number on 8300 without “-” , i.e digits only.  The reply would be having information like  CNIC No. and Electoral Area name.

Simple send your Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)  number without t “-” to 8300 to verify your vote eligibility.

1. To verify your registration in voters list.
2. To know address/location of your polling station. ( You have to go your respective polling station to cast your vote on 11th May 2013)

Who should use this service:
1. Pakistani who have registered his/her vote to verify his/her vote.

SIMPLE STEPS To Verify Your Registration and Polling station address in Elections 2013 :
1. Take your mobile phone.
2. Go to write message option.
3. Write your Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number without t “-” e.g your CNIC is 52268-7865236-5 , so you will write 5226878652365.
4. Send message to 8300.
5. You are all Done.

You will get automated response with Electoral Area name and poling both station address (where you have to go on 11 May, 2013 to cast your vote).

(*Service charges applicable : Rs.2+ tax )

Please Note:

1. Please never POST / SHARE your
– Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)
– Postal home address
– Mobile Numbers
On public websites/blog or social networking websites ( like Facebook etc) as it not recommended.

2. Visit Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) website updates & for contact details, visit

3. Voter registration is closed as election Schedule has been announced, Registered voters can check using the above process.

Mar 12

Nomination forms printing starts without president approval

ECPIslamabad: The printing of new nomination papers proposed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been started at the Printing Corporation of Pakistan, a report said on Tuesday.

According to a private news television, the papers are being proof read after the completion of composing work.

The report quoting sources said that the nomination papers would be sent to the district returning officers before the announcement of election schedule.

Moreover, the ECP has also proposed March 21 as a date for the announcement of the election schedule.

The proposed draft of the papers was also sent to the president for the approval, however, the president did not give approval till Monday.

Apr 16

PPP, PML-N agree to postpone Local Government elections

The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have agreed not to push for local government elections ahead of the parliamentary polls scheduled for early next year.Election Top leaders from the country’s two largest political parties came to the consensus during their talks earlier this year which culminated in the unanimous passage of the 20th Constitutional Amendment.

Insiders from both sides confirmed to The Express Tribune on Sunday that withholding the local government elections – a system introduced by ousted military ruler Pervez Musharraf to devolve powers to the grassroots level – was part of the negotiations.

“We have agreed not to force the issue. We feared there would be political complications which should be avoided,” an official revealed.

On the surface, the talks were aimed at giving legal cover to the election of more than two dozen members of parliament (MPs) suspended by the Supreme Court — on the pretext that they were elected during the period when the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was not complete, following the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment back in 2010.

Officials said that though the two parties specifically decided contours of the transition that has to take place after the fresh parliamentary polls later this year or by March 2013, an understanding on local government polls was also the outcome of the intense parleys that lasted for more than a week.

The revelation came three days after the Supreme Court asked all top legal officers of the provinces and the attorney general to submit a schedule for the local government elections.

Officials from both the PPP and PML-N, however, did not admit that there was “secret deal or understanding” to withhold the local government elections. Rather, they kept on pinning blame on each other for the delay.

PPP Punjab chapter leader Raja Riaz said that it was the provincial administration led by the PML-N that was shying away from seeking votes from people despite PPP’s willingness to accept the challenge.

He, however, did not specify why the PPP did not go for local elections in provinces other than Punjab.

“I can only talk about Punjab,” he said.

PML-N spokesperson Senator Mushahidullah Khan said his party did not see any possibility of local government elections ahead of the parliamentary polls because the electoral rolls were not complete and the task might take ECP some more time.

He, however, denied that his party had any secret deals with the PPP to delay the elections.