Elections 2013: Overseas Pakistanis may be given voting rights

Secretary ECP says new recommendations have been finalized.


Our Correspondent October 17, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) plans to recommend the government to give a right of vote to Pakistanis living abroad, including those who have abandoned their nationality.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Secretary ECP Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said: “We have finalised new recommendations that also include allowing right of vote to those who belong to Pakistan, but do not have a Pakistani nationality anymore,” Khan said.

After thorough deliberations, the election commission has categorised overseas Pakistanis.  “Overseas Pakistanis have been divided into people working abroad on a temporary basis, those who have a dual nationality, and lastly people who have abandoned their Pakistani nationality,” the secretary said.

He said the law does not bar dual nationality holders or overseas Pakistanis from casting a vote, adding that the constitution only prohibits dual nationality holders from contesting elections on a national and provincial level.

If the ECP’s suggestions are approved, overseas Pakistanis can cast a vote through postal ballot, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2011.

COMMENTS (37)

sabahat ibrar | 9 years ago | Reply

This is an excellent recommendation...please update it as soon as possible...

Sajid Ali | 9 years ago | Reply

If we get the right to vote than vote or forever hold your peace :)

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