Sen Taj Haider for using NADRA database instead of door to door Census
Karachi. : Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh chapter General Secretary Senator Taj Haider said when a very reliable population data base is already available in the shape of NADRA data, what is the logic of spending Rs. 14.5 billion in ‘door to door count’, which is a misguiding method that has failed again and again.
In his statement issued , Senator Haider said that the obsolete ‘door to door count’ methodology has always been hijacked by militant groups who manipulate the figures to their own advantage. NADRA data is the accurate base which is used in making electoral rolls, BISP and so many other relief programs and the nationwide poverty survey. The poverty survey based on NADRA data included 48 questions, that provide much more information about households than is collected in a Census.
He said the rigging in national elections was promoted because the constituencies were delimitated on the faulty Census of 1998 done by ‘door to door count’ method while the voter’s list was prepared on the basis of NADRA data. There should be a single, scientific and reliable database on which all the provincial and national programs should be built.
He said that efforts should be made for improving NADRA data in a scientific manner in order to include the small percentage that is not covered yet and the economic migration factor in the “present address” column, rather than repeating a failed experiment of ‘door to door count’ once again.
Senator Taj Haider also attached with his statement a population count of the city of Karachi as a sample which was provided to him by NADRA in just 40 minutes 2 years back.