ISLAMABAD: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has reserved every Friday exclusively for issuing Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) to females aiming to increase ratio of women voters in electoral rolls, State Minister for Interior Talal Chaudhry said Wednesday. Responding to Calling Attention Notice moved by Senator Sehar Kamran, Talal Chaudhry said the regional offices...
ISLAMABAD: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has reserved every Friday exclusively for issuing Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) to females aiming to increase ratio of women voters in electoral rolls, State Minister for Interior Talal Chaudhry said Wednesday.
Responding to Calling Attention Notice moved by Senator Sehar Kamran, Talal Chaudhry said the regional offices of NADRA have already been directed to register at least 160,000 new women every month in their respective regional offices.
In addition, 14 NADRA registration centres have been reserved for female registration, besides reserving 71 mobile registration vans for making CNICs of women folk.
The minister said 78 new mobile registration vans were also being reserved for the registration of females. Special counters were also being established at various NADRA centres to facilitate maximum registration of females.
Government has also chalked out a comprehensive plan to increase the ratio of women voters in electoral rolls, including motivating the men to get their female relatives registered.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and NADRA has recently launched a campaign to increase ratio of women voters. The help of Ulema, civil society, political parties, media would be sought for increasing the ratio of women voters’ registration.
The exclusive centres for women’s registration in various cities are encouraging them to apply for their Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) and helping the authorities to have more accurate data to facilitate policy makers in decision making.
The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has established 14 such centres due to which a sharp increase in the registration of women has been observed. NADRA Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik on Monday said that around 80 percent of the country’s adult female population had been registered.
The basic objective of these centres was not only to enhance women’s registration in the most minimum possible time but also to facilitate them in getting and availing education, health, employment and other facilities including elections, he added.
He said the centres in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Mardan and other cities were already functional while the latest one had been inaugurated in Tala Gang.
He said the Authority had also taken the initiative that all Fridays would be exclusively reserved for female registration in all the NADRA Swift Registration Centres (NSRCs) across the country to encourage women’s registration and make the process as comfortable as possible by not entertaining any men on that day.
Highlighting other efforts being taken, Malik said the Authority had also dedicated its mobile registration units across the country to the said cause. The deputy chairman said CNIC was an essential identity document which protected women’s rights. This was evident through the fact that for the first time in the country’s history, their rights were safeguarded when women in flood hit areas were issued “Watan Cards” as family heads by NADRA to obtain financial assistance, he said, adding that this also had no international precedent.
Answering a question, he said that the registration ratio recorded in some areas was very low and social norms, illiteracy, poverty and female mobility issues were the major factors behind the lack of awareness about the benefits of registration, but the dedicated centres for women would help resolve the issue. He said four non-governmental organisations were also working with NADRA in the targeted areas to encourage women to get registered at the earliest, adding that approximately 80 percent women had been registered in the country, 98 percent male adults had been registered and a total 95 percent of the adult population of the country had been registered. NADRA has so far issued around 88.37 million CNICs, he said. – APP