ECP extends registration date for online overseas Pakistanis voters
ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Friday extended the date for registration of overseas Pakistanis from September 15 to September 17 for exercising their right of casting vote in bye-elections.
According to an official of ECP, overseas Pakistanis have been asked to register themselves as voters by due date for having right of vote in byepolls in 37 constituencies on October 14.
He said that all registered overseas Pakistanis voters would have the right of casting vote in bye-election through I-Voting system.
He said that a letter had been written to the Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs to direct the Pakistani missions abroad to educate overseas Pakistanis regarding registration process and right of their vote in byeelections in their respective constituencies
He said that the ECP will deliver stipulated time voting passport to overseas Pakistanis to avail the opportunity of I-Voting for casting their vote in bye-election being held in 37 constituencies on October 14.
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 from 8:00am to 6:00pm on polling day.
He said that all registered overseas Pakistanis voters will have right of casting vote in bye-election through I-Voting system.
He said that for eligibility of registration and casting their votes, overseas Pakistanis need to have machine readable passport (MRP), National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and their valid email address.
He said through ECP’s special software, the overseas Pakistanis will be able to cast their vote by using their email.
He added a specific website has been developed jointly by ECP and NADRA for awareness and other aspects to encourage overseas Pakistanis to register for I-Voting with instruction in English and Urdu.
He said that the commission through its official website has been trying to create awareness in overseas Pakistanis about IVoting system and process of registration and casting vote on bye-election polling day.
He said that I-Voting is a pilot project and after use of this system, the commission will compile and submit a report with the Parliament for further legislation.