ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set a target of 64 per cent voters turnout in the forthcoming general elections as compared to 44 per cent in 2008 polls.

“We are striving to achieve 64 per cent turnout in the elections, which will be possible owing to increased number of voters and rectified electoral rolls,” a senior ECP official told APP on Thursday.

The ECP has widely publicised the process to verify vote registration by sending SMS to 8300 that could be rectified by contacting the officials concerned of the Election Commission. The awareness drive is being run with the collaboration of the United Nations Development Programme, said the official. The official said the ECP would spend around Rs 200 million on the awareness campaign.

The awareness material has been distributed throughout the country. The messages are being aired on private television channels, published through national and regional newspapers and even displayed at the ATM machines, he added.

He said the ECP has removed around 7 million bogus votes from the electoral rolls that would cast positive impact on the turnout.

The official said in the previous polls, the number of voters was 81 million but in the new rolls, the number has risen to 85.7 million after removal of bogus votes.