More than 51.8 million citizens used what is believed to be the world’s largest voter verification SMS service to check their voting formation ahead of the May 11 polls. Incidentally, the total number of votes polled stood at 48 million approximately – less than the number of people who availed the service.
The Election Commission, in collaboration with the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) and telecom companies, launched the service to facilitate over 86 million registered voters. The service provided voters complete information regarding the location of polling stations upon sending their computerised national identity card (CNIC) number on 8300.
Some 39.5 million male and 12.3 million female voters sought their voting details through the SMS service.