ECP extends e-voting registration for 3 days


Ijaz Khan


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday extended the date for registration of overseas Pakistanis from September 15 to September 17 for exercising their right of casting vote in the by-elections.

According to an official of the electoral body, the expats have been asked to register themselves as voters by 17th of this month to vote in the by-polls in 37 constituencies on October 14.

He said that all registered expats would have the right of casting vote through the e-voting system.

A letter has been written to the Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs to direct the Pakistani missions abroad to educate the diaspora regarding the registration process and the right of their vote in by-elections in their respective constituencies.

He said that the ECP will deliver stipulated time voting passport to the expats to avail the opportunity of e-voting for casting their vote in by-election.

The official added the commission will generate voting passport system for registered overseas Pakistanis on October 14 and all eligible voters can cast their vote during Pakistan Standard Time (PST) from 8am to 6pm on the polling day.

He said that for eligibility of registration and casting their votes, expats need to have a Machine Readable Passport (MRP), National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and their valid email address.

He added that a specific website has been developed jointly by ECP and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for awareness and other aspects to encourage people to register for e-voting with instruction in both English and Urdu.

He said that e-voting was a pilot project and after use of this system, the commission will compile and submit a report with the Parliament for further legislation.

He appealed the overseas Pakistanis to play role for success of this pilot project as future legislation on the matter is based on the success of this process.

He said that in this regard, the commission has started educating the Pakistanis living abroad.

He made it clear that there is no requirement of any percentage for this system but actually the foolproof voting system is important for the commission.

He added efforts are being made to make this system more foolproof.

He said that general elections were held under Election Act 2017 and this pilot project is being exercised under the same Act.