Islamabad: NADRA has taken notice of Chairman PTI, Imran Khan’s statement in which he claimed that NADRA runs secret cell in the basement of COMSATS building. The spokesman of NADRA categorically rejected PTI Chief’s claim and termed it as baseless and unfounded. Clarifying the issue, he said NADRA hired two floors of COMSATS building in April 2011 to carry out Electoral Rolls printing for Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which is still under NADRA’s use.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, he said, “NADRA entered into agreement with Election Commission of Pakistan in the year 2011 for digitizing and preparation of Computerized Electoral Rolls at a cost of Rs: 750 Million and the contract is still in continuation.
For this purpose NADRA hired two floors of COMSATS building. Subsequently, NADRA sub-contracted printing work to a private company (NIFT) through open tender process. NIFT installed its heavy duty printers at COMSATS building which were used to print only Electoral Rolls including Photo Electoral Rolls that were used in General Elections – 2013.
The printing facility is managed by NIFT, not by NADRA. It is not a printing press and has never been used for printing of ballot papers or other election material. Whereas, the printing facility is not functional since Dec 2013 after the local government elections of Balochistan held on 7th Dec 2013.”
However, it is pertinent to mention here that ECP had assigned the task of printing ballot papers to Printing Press of Pakistan at their facilities at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad under supervision of Pakistan Army. NADRA or NIFT was never involved in printing of ballot papers process.
The spokesman said as per the directives of Election Tribunals, NADRA is carrying out its digitization process of thumb verification in presence of Election Tribunal’s Representative where polling bags are opened and relevant election material is scanned before re-packing and re-sealing of polling bags.
For this purpose NADRA is utilizing the same COMSATS building facility. Once the scanning is completed, the election material is returned to corresponding Election Tribunal through its representative, he added.
He said, “NADRA has received the task of fingerprint verification by Election Tribunals against 36 constituencies all over the country (15 National assembly and 21 Provincial assembly constituencies). Till this date, NADRA has submitted its analysis report against 26 constituencies while stay/exemption has been granted by competent courts in 4 constituencies.
Work is in process against 6 constituencies under “First IN, First OUT” principle. Details are attached as Annexure B.” It is worth-mentioning that COMSATS building facility has been visited by Justice Shakir Ullah Jan Acting Chief Election Commissioner and Honourable Members of Election Commission along with Secretary ECP in April 2012, he said.