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Pakistan okays use of i-voting system for overseas Pakistanis


Press Trust of India Islamabad
Pakistan today allowed the overseas Pakistanis to vote in elections in the country for the first time through i-voting system.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) okayed the use of i-voting system by overseas Pakistanis in the upcoming by-polls after the Supreme Court ruled that the system was ready for use.
In a landmark decision earlier this month, the Supreme Court had permitted Pakistanis residing abroad to cast their votes in the upcoming by-polls.
The ECP said that eligible overseas Pakistanis can participate in the upcoming by-elections which will be held on October 14.
The overseas Pakistanis will only be able to vote in the constituencies their vote is registered in. Only those overseas Pakistanis who are already registered voters will be able to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming by-polls.
They will have to register with the ECP from September 1 to 15 by using Internet which will help to get a special pin code to access i-voting facility on the election day.
There are more than 9.2 million Pakistanis living abroad and they have been demanding the voting facility.
The ECP has announced by-election on 14 seats of national assembly and 26 seats of four provincial assemblies on October 14.

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First Published: Aug 31 2018 | 9:50 PM IST

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