ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made the free-of-cost SMS service for citizens to check their votes. According to a notification issued by ECP, voters can check their votes free of charge by sending their Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC) numbers on 8300 till December 15. Earlier, the SMS charges to check the votes were Rs2+tax. Moreover, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) earlier requested the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to end SMS charges during the voters’ verification campaign. The commission wrote a letter stating that the voters and ECP staffers are facing difficulties while sending SMS at 8300. ECP asked PTA to make the verification SMS free of cost during the ongoing campaign of voters’ verification campaign.