The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to give another voting opportunity to the overseas Pakistanis for the upcoming by-elections of Punjab Assembly.
The provincial constituency of Punjab Assembly, PP 168, was rendered vacant when Khawaja Saad Rafique resigned after becoming a Member of the National Assembly.
As per sources, the ECP is considering to conduct a second pilot project for the registration of votes for overseas Pakistanis whose votes fall within the PP 168 constituency.
Notably, there are more than 4,000 expatriates whose votes fall within the said constituency. The registration process for the votes of overseas Pakistanis will start from this month.
In the previous by-elections held to fill in 37 seats of the National Assembly, 84 percent expatriates exercised their right to vote.
According to ECP Secretary Babr Fateh Yaqoob, if the pilot projects of I-Voting are successful, the overseas Pakistanis will be given the facility to vote in the next general elections.
The pilot projects are meant to determine the secrecy, security, efficacy, and financial feasibility of Internet voting (I Voting).
As per the details, the expats will be required to furnish a valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), a valid e-mail address, and a valid Machine Readable Passport (MRP) to avail the facility.
They will provide these details via the Overseas Voting System on the ECP website and create an account. After providing the personal details, the applicants will receive a confirmation of their account on the given email address.
After furnishing the NICOP number and issuance date along with the MRP number and tracking identity. There will be a verification process, asking random questions about the applicant’s identity.
Upon completion of the verification, the person will receive a confirmation message. If the applicant is already registered as a voter in Pakistan, his/her name will be removed from the electoral rolls.