Vote Registration of Overseas Pakistanis to Begin from September 1st
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is registering the votes of overseas Pakistanis, starting from September 1st. A great initiative has been taken by the relevant institutions of Pakistan by allowing overseas Pakistanis to play a role in the politics of the country. Vote registration will be done from September 1st to September 15th.
But presently this will benefit only those overseas Pakistani who’s vote fall under the 37 constituencies where by-elections will be held. In October the by-elections will be held and registration will begin in September. Basically, it is a test project, so if its get successful the expatriates would be able to vote in the 2023 General Elections. This was confirmed by the ECP Secretary Babar Fateh Yaqoob.
This new step will be promoted through media and Pakistan’s diplomatic missions. On August 17th Supreme Court in a historic decision allowed the overseas Pakistanis to vote in the upcoming by-elections.
The whole procedure of casting a vote, its criteria, votes rejection and counting have been explained.
- National Identity Card – Valid for Overseas Pakistanis
- Machine Readable Passport – Valid
- Email Address – Valid
Visit the ECP website and create an account for Overseas Voting registration. Enter your name, password, email address, phone number and country of stay.
The account will be confirmed on the expatriate’s email id. For the verification of the expatriate, random questions will be asked. If answered correctly, a confirmation message will be sent.
The registered expatriates will be allowed to vote on the Election day during Pakistan Standard Time hours. They would have to login to their account in Overseas Voting System and then cast their vote.
Once October by-elections are completed ECP will submit a report on the project at the Parliament. Article 103(1) of this act reads: “The Commission may conduct pilot projects for voting by Overseas Pakistanis in by-elections to ascertain the technical efficacy, secrecy, security and financial feasibility of such voting and shall share the results with the Government, which shall, within fifteen days from the commencement of a session of a House after the receipt of the report, lay the same before both Houses of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).”