All stake­hold­ers sat­is­fied with elec­toral re­forms body, says Dar

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Min­is­ter for Fi­nance and Chair­man Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on Elec­toral Re­forms Ishaq Dar has said all the political par­ties were in­volved in the process of elec­toral re­forms and were sat­is­fied with the progress. Talk­ing to a news chan­nel, the min­is­ter said that the com­mit­tee had con­ducted 14 meet­ings while its sub-com­mit­tee hav­ing mem­bers of le­gal back-ground met 51 times, be­sides 65 meet­ings held with the rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions and other stake­hold­ers till now and had re­viewed seven laws re­lated to the elec­tion process in the coun­try. He said the "Uni­fied Elec­tion Act" and the "Uni­fied Elec­tion Rules" were in the fi­nal stage. Ishaq Dar said that the com­mit­tee was wait­ing for the re­port of the sub-com­mit­tee about the mat­ter of right of vote for the over­seas Pak­ista­nis. He said the com­mit­tee had re­ceived rec­om­men­da­tions of about 4500 pages from dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the so­ci­ety re­gard­ing elec­toral re­forms. The min­is­ter said an­other sub-com­mit­tee headed by Arif Alvi of Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) was con­sti­tuted to give rec­om­men­da­tions on vot­ing rights for over­seas Pak­ista­nis, use of elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines and bio-met­ric ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the vot­ers. He said, "We need 300,000 ma­chines for elec­tronic vot­ing and a sin­gle ma­chine costs min­i­mum $ 1000." He said the fi­nal draft about elec­tronic vot­ing, right to vote for over­seas Pak­ista­nis and elec­toral re­forms will be pre­sented in the Par­lia­ment in com­ing months.

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