PTI govt moves to grant voting right to expatriates

ECP and NADRA would jointly initiate registration programme for overseas Pakistanis


Waqas Ahmed April 26, 2020
ECP and NADRA would jointly initiate registration programme for overseas Pakistanis. PHOTO: ECP.GOV.PK

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has once again mobilised efforts to grant overseas Pakistanis the right of voting and decided in principle to start the process of their registration.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) will jointly start the registration programme.

An important meeting was held in this regard which was attended by Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Babar Awan, Minister of State for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari, NADRA Chairman, ECP information technology director general and parliamentary affairs secretary.

The meeting reviewed the modus operandi of voting and facilities for Pakistanis living abroad and decided to initiate their registration at the earliest.

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It was decided that the registration could be done through passport or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), while the ECP and NADRA would jointly launch the registration programme.

According to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, the procedure for keeping the voting process secret will also be decided.

The meeting also stressed that the participation of all overseas Pakistanis should be ensured.

The session has been reconvened next week to implement the decisions.

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