December 1, 2021

President promulgates ordinance for voting rights to expatriates

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ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi promulgated an ordinance on Saturday to grant voting rights to overseas Pakistanis and allow the use of electronic voting machines in general elections.

Through this ordinance, the president amended sections 94 (1) and 103 of Election Act, 2017.

“The Commission shall with technical assistance of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) or any other Authority and Agency shall enable overseas Pakistanis to exercise their right to vote during general elections in their country of residence,” says the amended section 94 (1) of the Act.

According to amended Section 103, the Election Commission would be responsible for procurement of the electronic voting machine for use in general elections.