Justice Athar Minallah confirms voting right of overseas Pakistanis intact

Justice Athar Minallah confirms voting right of overseas Pakistanis intact

Justice Athar Minallah confirms voting right of overseas Pakistanis intact

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minullah

Advertisement

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minullah on Wednesday confirmed that the voting right of the overseas Pakistanis was not snatched, neither in the recent amendment in the law nor in the previous one.

Hearing a plea against the procedure for voting by overseas Pakistanis, the IHC chief justice said that the overseas voting rights was not snatched, but the procedure for voting must be decided with consensus.

“Parliament and constitutional bodies are present in Pakistan. The recent amendment has offered more clarity,” the chief justice observed. “Tell us in which constituency will the overseas votes be counted.”

The court adjourned the hearing till June 3.

Read More: Overseas Pakistanis deprived of right to vote, NAB made toothless

Advertisement

Earlier, the National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) submitted a detailed report regarding I-voting to Lahore High Court. Justice Shujaat Ali Khan was hearing a petition by an overseas Pakistani living in Australia. Despite court’s clear directions, ECP Secretary Umar Amin did not appear before it and nor submitted any reply regarding the preparation of I-voting mechanism for overseas Pakistanis.

The report says on the direction of Supreme of Pakistan in a constitution petition 2018 titled Imran Khan and others versus Federation of Pakistan and others, NADRA devised a mechanism for voting by overseas Pakistanis from abroad.

Resultantly, in April 2018, after developing a detailed Business Requirement Document (BRD) in this regard, a formal contract was signed by NADRA with the Election Commission of Pakistan for an internet-voting (“i-voting”) solution enabling overseas Pakistanis to cast vote in the elections.

The report contained that a foolproof i-voting mechanism could not be ensured for the then scheduled general elections of 2018, the i-voting system was initially implemented as a pilot project in the bye-elections held in 38 constituencies on 14.10.2018 and 13.12.2018 a foolproof i-voting mechanism could not be ensured for the then scheduled general elections of 2018, the i-voting system was initially implemented as a pilot project in the bye-elections held in 38 constituencies on 14.10.2018 and 13.12.2018in line with section 94(1) of the Elections Act, 2017.

 

For the latest BOL Live News, Follow on Google News. Read more on Latest Pakistan News on oldsite.bolnews.com

Advertisement
Advertisement
Read More News On

Catch all the Pakistan News, Breaking News Event and Latest News Updates on The BOL News


Download The BOL News App to get the Daily News Update & Follow us on Google News.


End of Article

Next Story