overseas pakistani voting

In a historic recent move, Supreme Court has now allowed overseas Pakistani voting to finally happen and now citizens abroad will be able to cast their vote in elections.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered NADRA, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and other stakeholders to facilitate the overseas citizens to cast their vote through the internet in the upcoming by-polls on October 25.

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It would be the first time the nation’s history that Pakistani expatriates will cast their votes in the local election.

The move has been a result of several petitions by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and others to allow overseas Pakistanis to vote in the elections.

Here’s How Overseas Pakistani Voting Will Happen

NADRA will be devising an ‘i-voting platform’ to enable an online voting process for overseas nationals. Around 7 million Pakistanis will be able to vote through the i-voting platform

ECP will give the final verdict on the e-voting system once it passed the test for the by-polls

It is likely that overseas Pakistanis will require the following essentials for online voting:

  1. A National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistani
  2. A Machine Readable Passport
  3. A valid Email Address
  4. 13-digit unique national identity card number printed on NICOP card
  5. The issuance date of the NICOP card
  6. Machine-readable passport number
  7. Tracking id number printed on the machine-readable passport

However, the details are yet to be confirmed and vote casting process will be revealed once the voting system gets rolled out by NADRA.

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