Officials from National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) confirms that overseas Pakistanis will not be able to vote in the forthcoming general election 2018. They said that Pakistan nationals abroad were being misled through various campaigns on social networking platforms. No Official decision has been made so far regarding the online voting system for overseas Pakistanis.
“Online voting for overseas Pakistanis can be experimented in by-polls,” the officials said.
“Pakistanis abroad will have to come to the country for using their right to vote in the general election.”
They further cleared that even after coming to the country, only those voters can cast who are already registered voters in Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that a case pertaining to overseas Pakistanis’ right to vote is sub-judice with the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
online voting system for overseas Pakistanis is not possible this time
In March, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar said that we will provide the right to cast online voting system for overseas Pakistanis. He further noted that it was about time that overseas Pakistanis are allowed to be part of the local elections process.
“Overseas Pakistanis have exercised enough patience,” he said. “We will provide them with the right to cast votes.”
People raised this question to the reliability of NADRA’s software. Taha Ali, an IT expert from NUST, said that ” including the United States, Australia and Norway, tried such software, but withdrew them later”
“It’s not difficult to hack an e-voting system,” Ali said, adding that even if it was not hacked, stealing the data was not a big deal.