Several countries accept Pakistan’s request for overseas voting

Published: April 26, 2013

The government now only awaiting the concurrence of the UAE to allow overseas Pakistanis there to take part in the May 11 parliamentary polls.

ISLAMABAD: Several countries including Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have accepted Pakistan’s request to allow its overseas citizens to cast votes in the upcoming general elections, said a foreign ministry official on Friday.

“We have received concurrence from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Australia, Canada, the UK and the US,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Aaziz Ahmed Chaudhry at his weekly briefing.

He said that the government was now only awaiting the concurrence of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to allow overseas Pakistanis there to take part in the May 11 parliamentary polls.

There are about five million eligible Pakistani voters currently living in different parts of the world. However, a majority of them are residing in Saudi Arabia, UAE, the UK, the US and Canada.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has been pushing the Election Commission of Pakistan to make arrangements for the expatriates to cast their ballots in the polls.

Apart from legislation, one of the hurdles was seeking permission from the host countries to allow overseas Pakistanis to take part in the polling.

The spokesperson said that the foreign ministry would extend all possible facilitation for the conduct of polling for overseas Pakistan as soon as a decision is taken by the government in this regard.

“As for countries where polling could be held, the election commission has identified nine countries for polling,” he added.

Reader Comments (29)

  • Unknown
    Apr 26, 2013 - 8:38PM

    So no more excuses now, all overseas Pakitsani can vote now?

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  • Saim Baig
    Apr 26, 2013 - 8:39PM

    It would be great move if overseas voters are allowed

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  • Adil
    Apr 26, 2013 - 8:47PM

    Great stuff.

    But its funny how everything now seems to be going well for overseas voting. Its a wonder why the ECP didn’t get on with this sooner, instead of just saying no, no it cant be done. What changed?

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  • Arsalan Durrani
    Apr 26, 2013 - 8:51PM

    Inshallah, I will vote for change in my country. Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • M Baloch
    Apr 26, 2013 - 8:51PM

    So Saudi Arab and Bahrain allow Pakistanis to vote and when they will their own citizens (I mean female as well)..

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  • MUSSWAR
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:17PM

    Salaam

    Plz do something we oversea Pakistani want to cast our vote and have a saying in the choice of next Prime Minister. If the above foreign countries can allow us why don’t Pakistan find a way to work around the system. Please work on it asap and let us know Thanks

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  • A patriot
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:17PM

    What about Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. Put together, these countries must have a million Pakistani voters.

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  • Syedpk
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:23PM

    Bummer!
    No Germany no France no Spain, millions of Pakistanis are residing there….

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  • Sonya
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:27PM

    All these countries are from US block and they are speaking one language. If they are speaking one language, there must be something fishy? What about India and EU?

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  • sensible
    Apr 26, 2013 - 9:42PM

    OK I am really sick of this drama, please get this done, we overseas Pakis want to vote and want really want to know if we can or not.

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  • Apr 26, 2013 - 10:04PM

    In Bahrain females are allowed to cast their vote.

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  • John the Baptist
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Can some one explain to me which international law requires Pakistan to “as” the foreign countries to allow its citizens residing there to vote in Pakistani elections? This is purely a bogus exercise–more smoke and mirrors.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:30PM

    All Ambassadors of the countries should be called in the Foreign Office and should be given the necessary briefing by the representatives of the Election Commission as well as of the Foreign Office so that the Ambassadors of particular countries should further brief to their respective governments about the May 11, 2013 election of Pakistan.

    The government of Pakistan should also tell to the Ambassadors that whenever elections will be held in their countries, our government will also facilitate the respective foreign nationals and will assist the Embassies as well as the Consulates, so that foreign nationals should also be able to cast their votes in Pakistan, whenever the elections are held in near future in those particular countries.

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  • Zeeshan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:23PM

    Lets build new Pakistan. Vote for PTI

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  • Tayyaba
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:52PM

    What about Malaysia and other South East Asian countries?

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  • LOK
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:54PM

    Looking forward to it, every vote counts against the talibanisation of Pakistan.

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  • antanu
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:05AM

    @Syedpk:
    millions in these countries…? where did u get your figure?

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  • Saania
    Apr 27, 2013 - 12:21AM

    what about Pakistanis in Sweden, Norway and Denmark… everyone in europe cant be expected to visit the UK to vote on such a short notice if they are allowed that is…

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  • Moosa Khan
    Apr 27, 2013 - 1:42AM

    This must be available wherever there is an embassy or consulate as it needs a secure network connection which already exists in those offices. The reason given being less or more voters in other countries is ridiculous.

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  • joe Pashi
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:18AM

    Well………………now what? Who do I call to ask, where to vote in the US? White House will not let me park in their garage!

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  • Faraz
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:39AM

    Qatar, Italy, Greece, Spain, France and Germany must also be considered in order to allow maximum number of overseas Pakistanis to take part in the polling. Inclusion of these countries would take the number of host countries to 15, with each of the country taking the top 15 positions in the list of countries with significant overseas Pakistani population.

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  • Romana
    Apr 27, 2013 - 6:18AM

    Yeah man,

    Tareeqe insaf if we want a positive change in pakistan.

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 27, 2013 - 9:48AM

    What about Pakistanis residing in Malaysia?

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  • Mateen
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:10AM

    What about Australia’s neighbour New Zealand??

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  • Talha
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:37AM

    Although they have allowed this to happen, how fast can this process be? I doubt they will finalise these things for overseas pakistanis by the time elections are held.

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  • anjum agha
    Apr 27, 2013 - 2:34PM

    you will have to go to the nearest consulate or the embassy of Pakistan to cast your vote.
    @joe Pashi:

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  • Xulfjan
    Apr 28, 2013 - 5:40AM

    Lets start with whatever is on offer!!@A patriot:

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  • KiwiPak
    Apr 28, 2013 - 7:30AM

    What about the 5000+ Pakistanis in New Zealand?, not all of us can go to Canberra to cast our vote. The High Commision in Wellington is just plain useless!!

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 28, 2013 - 10:54AM

    Your actions much more depend upon your intentions and if ECP’s intentions are rightful then any thing may happen easily…..

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