ECP to Utilize NADRA’s Server Infrastructure for Upcoming General Elections
For the forthcoming general elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will rely on the server infrastructure of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). This decision was made because the ECP lacks a server to securely store electoral data.
The ECP has successfully tested a new Election Management System (EMS) across all four provinces, demonstrating its readiness for the upcoming general elections. The EMS will produce and process the results of the general election using a combination of digital and manual techniques, offering a comprehensive and resilient approach to result management.
To improve the effectiveness of result compilation and reporting, the Election Commission intends to draw on the experiences of offices at both the Regional and District Election Commissioner levels. Presiding officers will send polling station results to returning officers, who will then compile the results with the assistance of a team of four data entry operators each. These results will then be submitted to the ECP through both digital and manual channels.
The ECP has already conducted training sessions for the appointment of data entry operators for the EMS, which is designed to meet modern requirements. Additionally, the EMS can send results even when there is no internet connection.
The ECP’s reliance on NADRA’s server infrastructure and the successful testing of the EMS are both positive indications that the commission is well-prepared for the upcoming general elections.