Voter registration of overseas Pakistanis will begin from Sept1, ECP


Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start voter registration of overseas Pakistanis from September 1.

ECP will begin voter registration of overseas Pakistanis from September 1 for by-elections 2018. However, the registration process will remain in progress till September 15.

According to sources, the facility will only be provided to those overseas Pakistanis whose vote is registered in 37 constituencies where by-elections 2018 will be held. Pakistanis with National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and Machine Readable Passport (MRP) will be eligible for registration. However, NADRA and Foreign Office will run awareness campaigns for that purpose.

On August 17, CJP Saqib Nisar allowed voter registration of overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes in by-elections 2018.

The court took the decision on the petition of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf Imran Khan and others. CJP Saqib Nisar ordered Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to make required arrangements so overseas Pakistanis can easily cast vote.

CJP Saqib Nisar elaborated that overseas Pakistanis will participate in by-elections through i-voting. However, it is a system that allows voters to cast vote from a computer with an internet connection. Saqib Nisar further added that in case of any conflict, votes cast through i-voting will be separated.


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