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Overseas Pakistanis are our assets, voting their right, says Imran Khan


Imran Khan attends an event in Islamabad. File

Tariq Butt, Correspondent

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that overseas Pakistanis are an asset for Pakistan would “definitely” be involved in the electoral process. Imran directed the authorities to complete the process of electoral reforms and electronic voting system for overseas Pakistanis at the earliest.

Chairing a meeting on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the prime minister said overseas Pakistanis were an asset of the country and must be involved in the election process. The prime minister said the only option to ensure transparency in the election process was use of EVMs.


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The prime minister was given a detailed briefing on the progress made so far in the use of electronic voting machine and legislation in electoral reforms.
Imran reiterated his commitment to ensuring transparency in the use of EVMs and to meet all constitutional requirements.

“The use of the electronic voting machine is the only option to prevent fraud and ensure transparency in the electoral process. Electoral reforms, electronic voting and the right to vote for overseas Pakistanis should be completed soon,” the PM added.

On June 16, it was reported that The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) expressed reservations over the Elections Act (Amendment) Bill 2020, saying that some of the amendments in it are unconstitutional as its suggestions on them were not taken up by the relevant standing committee.

The ECP met under the chairmanship of Sikandar Sultan Raja to mull over the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2020. The ECP said that the Ministry of IT audit stated that the National Database and Registration Authority’s (Nadra) i-voting system should not be used in the next general elections.

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