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Overseas Pakistanis to be excluded from second round of by-elections: ECP

October 20, 2018

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Overseas Pakistani's will not be allowed to vote during the second round of the by-elections scheduled for Oct 21, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said on Saturday. — AFP/File
Overseas Pakistani's will not be allowed to vote during the second round of the by-elections scheduled for Oct 21, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said on Saturday. — AFP/File

Overseas Pakistanis will not be able to vote in the second round of by-elections scheduled for Oct 21 because they were never registered by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), an ECP official told DawnNewsTV on Saturday.

By-elections for National Assembly constituency NA-247 in Karachi and the provincial assembly seats PS-111 Karachi and PK-71 Peshawar are to take place on Sunday.

Overseas Pakistanis had been entitled to vote for 35 constituencies in the by-elections held on Oct 14. The decision in this regard was taken on the directives of the Supreme Court by the ECP and trialed for the first time. Out of the 7,364 overseas Pakistani who registered for the programme, 6,233 had polled their votes through an i-voting software.

The ECP had decided to include the votes cast by the overseas Pakistanis in the first round of by-poll results after consulting with National Database and Registration Authority authorities.