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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start setting up 14,487 display centres across the country from Monday (today).

These centres are being established for registration, correction or removal of names from the voters lists. A total of 7,928 centres would be set up in Punjab, 2,585 in Sindh, 2,545 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1,429 in Balochistan.

Names of all those who received their computerised national identity cards from 2013 to 2018 were added to the voters lists. The 8,100,000 new voters were registered and the names of 800,000 voters were removed from the voters lists while the draft voters lists contain around 104 million voters.

The commission has updated its 8300 short message service (SMS) and asked the voters to check the details of their vote registration by sending SMS with their CNIC number to 8300.

Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza said the other day that the registration of the youth as voters was essential to their participation in the democratic process. It was the best chance for them to register themselves as voters before the general election, he added.

Published in Dawn, March 26th, 2018