National Database and Registration Authority and Election Commission of Pakistan have been working tirelessly to introduce a voting system for overseas Pakistanis. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has appreciated the work done by both the organizations to empower foreign Pakistanis. The goal is simple, allow the Pakistanis living abroad, the right to vote in upcoming elections.
A case hearing was being conducted by a three-member Supreme Court bench, presided by the Chief Justice. The case was of 16 petitions combined over a subject matter that was accepted on January 5th.
The petitions filed stated that the state provided the required infrastructure so that Pakistanis living abroad can cast their vote and play a part in shaping Pakistan’s politics. It is pertinent to mention here that there are at least 8 million overseas Pakistanis who will be able to vote for their party.
NADRA Chairman Usman Mobin said during Monday’s hearing that the software development matter is brought under discussion with ECP.
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He said “Work is underway on the software’s development. It can be tested on an experimental basis in mock elections and will be ready by the start of April.”
The Chief Justice said on this “This is a very good news given by NADRA’s Chairman. He has given a very reasonable 10-week deadline.”
He added, “NADRA and the ECP should sit together and give overseas Pakistanis the gift of voting ability.”
He asked NADRA to inform about progress in the next court hearing.
As per National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) a three-tier electronic mechanism will be developed. It will be called Internet Voting System for Overseas Pakistanis. It will be created in four months time and almost Rs150 million will be spent on it. ECP will be providing the funds for this mega project. Voter registration & verification, procedures for casting votes, result compilation and audit will be included in the three-tier internet voting mechanism.