Here's how a phone app and database helped PTI secure victory in General Elections

01:31 PM | 6 Aug, 2018
Here's how a phone app and database helped PTI secure victory in General Elections
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is all set to take over the reins of the country after securing 116 seats in the National Assembly, however, there are multiple factors behind the surprise triumph, with technology being the most noticeable one.

Apart from the fraught election campaign led by PTI chief, Imran Khan, the party also tapped the technological frontiers and developed an application to mobilize the voters on the polling day.

The tech-savvy party had developed a smartphone application and a database known as the Constituency Management System (CMS) to mine the database, identifying voters by household, narrowing it down to “confirmed” PTI voters, targeting them on the app and ensuring they turned out on election day.

“Work that would take days…is being completed in one to two hours,” Mr Mughal, Asad Umar’s personal secretary said in an interview to Reuters on July 25.

How CMS helped PTI

The phone app and database helped Imran Khan's party sweep to victory in the nail-biting contest as the party loyalists focused on 150 constituencies, they were confident of victory. They used scanning software to digitize publicly-available electoral voter lists, creating a database.

Through the same data, PTI workers were able to print out parchis, or slips, that voters needed to enter the polling station in a contradiction to PML-N which had to help voters fill the paper slips with a pen.

The manual administration meant PML-N workers had to write out millions of slips for the 12.9m voters, stopping them from canvassing or doing other vital work.

The system was devised by former US-based real estate businessman Tariq Din and Shahzad Gul, a tech consultant, however, the early version was not immediately welcomed by PTI.

The revised edition was hailed by Asad Umar, the upcoming finance minister, and Jahangir Khan Tareen and apparently the efforts paid off though interestingly, the party had kept this tech weapon under the wraps.

Another factor behind the success of CMS was a WhatsApp message forwarded by the party featuring a message from Imran Khan who himself stressed the voters to use the system.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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