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Overseas Pakistanis can cast vote in upcoming by-polls on Oct 25: sources

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – Overseas Pakistanis will now be able to vote in the forthcoming by-election in the country’s 25 constituencies on October 25.

Sources told that by-elections in more than 25 constituencies will be held on October 25.

The overseas Pakistanis would enroll them selves through a website before the election as more than Seven million Pakistanis will have the facility to register their vote.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will take final decision on permannet facility to vote for oversease Pakistanis after an experiment on October 25.

The ECP will submit its reply in the Supreme Court (SC) in case pertaining to allowing voting right to overseas Pakistanis.

On Friday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said that his party had won its struggle for implementation of the right of vote to the overseas Pakistanis.

“Good news for our national asset, the Overseas Pakistanis – PTI’s struggle for their voting rights’ implementation has been won as SC has decided this must be done and directed ECP to ensure the same through electronic means,” Imran Khan said on his Twitter handle.

On July 18, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had issued a statement that overseas Pakistanis will not be able to cast vote in forthcoming elections scheduled to be held on July 25th.

Reacting to certain rumors being circulated that overseas Pakistanis can vote in General Elections 2018, the NADRA official said: “Online voting for overseas Pakistanis can experiment in by-polls. However, Pakistanis abroad will have to come to the country for using their right to vote in the general election.”

NADRA further clarified that even after getting back to Pakistan only those overseas Pakistanis will be able to cast their vote who have registered data record in NADRA and their votes are registered. This means not every overseas Pakistani would be able to vote.

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