ECP to acquire modern equipment

Posted by GIS talk On Friday, July 11, 2008
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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is acquiring highly sophisticated and modern information technology equipment to revolutionise the country’s electoral management system, ECP Secretary Kanwar Muhammed Dilshad has said.

“Management Information Systems (MIS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are being acquired and installed at the ECP and the provincial headquarters from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). These will help us in having a foolproof electoral system,” Dilshad told journalists at the ECP Sindh after presiding over a meeting.

Funds for the project are being provided by USAID and other donor agencies and the ECP had also formed a committee to review electoral laws in Pakistan, Dilshad said, adding that the possibility of allowing electronic voting was also under consideration.

Earlier, he presided over a meeting at the PEC Sindh about strengthening of the IT infrastructure at the provincial headquarters. He said that the state of the art infrastructure, which is being procured by IFES on behalf of the USAID, will provide a solid foundation for the successful implementation and operationalisation of the Computerised Electoral Rolls System (CERS).

Provincial Election Commissioner, Sindh, Ch. Qamar uz Zaman informed the meeting that the IT wing at the provincial ECP HQ had developed an ElMS (Employees Information and Management System) which will enable the ECP Secretariat, Islamabad, as well as the ECP Offices to have updated data of all employees serving in Sindh. This will be a role model for other provinces as well, he added.

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