Last Day For Overseas Pakistanis’ Voter Registration

Last Day For Overseas Pakistanis’ Voter Registration

Islamabad (September 17, 2018): Today is the last day for overseas Pakistanis’ voter registration.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) extended the registration deadline for overseas Pakistanis wishing to participate in the i-voting process for the upcoming by-elections. The previous deadline was September 15.

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By-polls will be held on 11 National Assembly and 26 provincial assembly seats on October 14.

According to an ECP official, overseas Pakistanis can now register themselves as voters by September 17.

All registered voters can cast their votes between 8am and 6pm (Pakistan Standard Time) on polling day, the official added.

He further added a letter had been written to the secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to educate the overseas Pakistanis in the registration process and to extend all possible assistance to them.

The official added, the eligibility criteria for overseas Pakistanis to register and cast vote is to have a machine-readable passport (MRP), National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and a valid email address.A website has been developed by the ECP and NADRA to raise awareness and encourage them to register for i-voting with instruction in both English and Urdu, he added.

Moreover, he said a report will be submitted to the Parliment for further legislation regarding the pilot system.

The system has been made foolproof, he added.

On August 17, the Supreme Court (SC) had allowed Pakistanis living abroad to vote in the by-polls.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had remarked that overseas Pakistanis would be participating in the by-election through i-voting, a system that allows voters to cast ballots from any computer connected to the internet anywhere in the world.

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