Islamabad(June 18, 2018): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday wrote a letter to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman Usman Mubeen over the Non-Muslim Voters’ data leak.
The data breach nearly a month before the General Elections 2018 has raised question on the transparency of the electoral process. The letter says that NADRA authorities leaked the data of voters to unauthorized individuals and violated the contract with Election Commission.The data went into the hands of the individuals before reaching ECP.
The letter has urged NADRA to initiate the investigation against those responsible for leaking the data.
As per the contract, NADRA cannot share the data of voters with anyone. ECP fears that the data might reach unauthorized people.Earlier on June 17, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had decided to approach Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against the chairman National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) alleging for the provision of data to PML-N to win the next election.
According to sources, PTI has prepared a petition seeking removal of chairman NADRA as PTI’s senior leader and prominent lawyer Babar Awan briefed the party over the petition.PTI has told the ECP, in its plea, that chairman NADRA has been appointed by the PML-N government and in his presence, fair and transparent polls can’t be possible, therefore, he should be removed from his slot immediately.
The Babar Awan has confirmed that PTI has prepared the petition against the chairman NADRA and will soon be submitted it to ECP.
On the other hand, National Database and Registration Authority has denied PTI’s allegations against it.
A NADRA spokesman said the allegations of corruption are fabricated and baseless.He said NADRA has a limited role in conduct of elections. The organization is only providing technical assistance to Election Commission of Pakistan in accordance with law and constitution.
He said NADRA has not given data to any political party, whatsoever.