ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed informed the Senate on Tuesday that Magnetic Ink Stamp Pads were used for obtaining thumb impressions on the Electoral Rolls against the photograph of each voter during General Elections, 2013.
Responding to a question, the minister said during the said elections 445,334 magnetic ink stamp pads were got manufactured from PCSIR Lab, Karachi, as per specifications of NADRA and were supplied to all Provincial Election Commissioners, who further disseminated the same to the District Returning Officers/ Returning Officers and Presiding Officers through their Regional Election Commissioners / District Election Commissioners.
He said specific directions to use the Magnetic Ink Stamp Pads for getting thumb impressions of the voters were also issued and confirmation to the fact that the instructions have been conveyed to the District Returning Officers/Returning Officers and Presiding Officers were also obtained.
To another question, Sheikh Aftab said the total length of national highways and motorways in the country was 12,132 km.
He said a number of projects to build more roads were in pipeline and there feasibility reports were being prepared, adding, some of the funding for these projects would be provided by Asian Development Bank while the rest would be managed by the government.