ECP to begin voter registration of overseas Pakistanis from Sept 1

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start voter registration of overseas Pakistanis from Saturday (September 1) for the upcoming by-polls in the country.
The registration process will continue till September 15.
According to media, the facility will be limited to those overseas Pakistanis whose votes fall within the 37 constituencies where by-elections are scheuled to be held in October.
Further, only those Pakistanis residing abroad with a machine readable passport (MRP) and a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) will be eligible for registration.
The Foreign Office and NADRA will run awareness campaigns with the help of embassies in this regard.
On August 17, the Supreme Court allowed Pakistanis living abroad to vote in by-elections.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had remarked that overseas Pakistanis would be participating in the by-election through i-voting, a system that allows voters to cast ballots from any computer connected to the internet anywhere in the world.
Further, the ECP on August 14 said pilot projects would be initiated for voting rights to overseas Pakistanis, which would not affect the results of by-elections.
The ECP said the decision on the use of i-voting would be made after several tests and pilot projects would be initiated in a limited area instead of an entire constituency.
It said the IVTF was formed on the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, adding that the task force comprises officials of NADRA and the ECP’s Law and IT Wings.