Overseas Pakistanis’ right to vote has not been revoked (Minister of Justice – Pakistan)

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Justice Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar clarified on Friday that the voting rights of overseas Pakistanis had not been revoked following the passage of the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 .

The National Assembly on Thursday approved the 2022 Election Amendment Bill and the Senate also passed the bill. It has been reported that the amendment aims to prevent overseas Pakistanis from participating in the elections.

But at a press conference, Tarar said: “Overseas Pakistanis are a great asset of Pakistan, their right to vote in Pakistan has not been taken away, we want to give them representation in the Senate and in the National Assembly.”

The bill also seeks to abolish electronic voting in elections. In this regard, Tarar said that the matter regarding Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was left to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which had stated before the Supreme Court that if elections were to be held, it should be done on time. six to eight months and that’s not enough time to understand the logistics of electronic voting.

“The ECP said it would not be possible to hold elections via EVM or the internet given the short time frame,” Tarar said.

The Minister said that the ECP gave its opinion after reviewing the internet connection, the electricity problems in several parts of Pakistan and the training that should be given to election workers.

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He said the recent legislation is only meant to allow the ECP to design a strategy to ensure voting rights for overseas Pakistanis in a transparent manner.

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