ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will deliver stipulated time voting passport to overseas Pakistanis to avail the opportunity of I-Voting for casting their vote in by-election being held in 37 constituencies on October 14.
Addressing a media briefing spokesman ECP Nadeem Qasim Tuesday said that the commission will generate voting passport system for registered overseas Pakistanis on October 14 and all eligible voters can cast their vote during Pakistan Standard Time from 8:00am to 6:00pm on polling day.
He said that all registered overseas Pakistanis voters will have right of casting vote in by-election through I-Voting system.
He said that for eligibility of registration and casting their votes, overseas Pakistanis need to have machine readable passport (MRP), National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and their valid email address.
He added through ECP’s special software the overseas Pakistanis will be able to cast their vote by using their email. He added a specific website has been developed jointly by ECP and NADRA for awareness and other aspects to encourage overseas Pakistanis to register for I-Voting with instruction in English and Urdu.
Nadeem Qasim said that the commission through its official website has been trying to create awareness in overseas Pakistanis about I-Voting system and process of registration and casting vote on bye-election polling day.
He asked the overseas Pakistanis to register themselves as voters by September 15 for having right of casting vote in upcoming by-election. He added the voting registration process will continue for further four days and advised the overseas Pakistanis to immediately register them within due date.
He said that I-Voting is a pilot project and after use of this system, the commission will compile and submit a report with the Parliament for further legislation. He appealed the overseas Pakistanis to play role for success of this pilot project as future legislation on the matter is based on the success of this process.
Replying to a question, he said that around one million overseas Pakistanis have touched this system and expressed the hope that a large number of overseas Pakistan will avail this opportunity. He said that in this regard the commission has started educating the Pakistanis living abroad.
He made it clear that there is no requirement of any percentage for this system but actually the foolproof voting system is important for the commission.
He added efforts are being made to make this system more foolproof.
He said that general elections were held under Election Act 2017 and this pilot project is being exercised under the same Act. He said that political parties should appreciate the step of ECP as they were part of election reforms committee.