April 12, 2021

Frustration among voters as ECP SMS service fails to timely assist them in knowing about their respective polling stations

ISLAMABAD: As voters turn to the polling stations to cast their votes, some of them are facing problems in retrieving their voter record using the Election Commission of Pakistan, ECP, SMS service.

ECP set up its SMS service in February 2012 to allow voters to know about their specific polling stations by sending their National Identity Card number at 8300 via text message.

However, it seems as if the service is overburdened on the election day as many people are trying to use this service to know more about their polling stations.

According to a local news website Samaa, the SMS service has been used 25 million times.

Some voters took to social media to express frustration over their inability to retrieve information about their polling station through the SMS service.

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Talal Raza is a Program Manager at Media Matters for Democracy. He has worked with renowned media organizations and NGOs including Geo News, The Nation, United States Institute of Peace and Privacy International.

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