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Election Commission of Pakistan. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has opposed hurried evolution of a mechanism to enable overseas Pakistanis to exercise their right to vote.

In a report made public on Monday, the ECP said that without a proper mechanism in place, enabling non-resident Pakistanis to vote in the coming general election would compromise the transparency of the election process.

The election commission's report said legislation was required on the matter, along with the setting-up of a proper mechanism.

It added that a hurried decision over the matter may compromise the transparency of the polls and may in fact prove to be "disastrous".

Senior ECP and Nadra officials had previously said a decision in haste on the evolution of a mechanism would open room for manipulation of results in many constituencies.

The report comes in the wake of a directive from the Supreme Court for the secretaries of law and justice, information technology, foreign affairs, ministry of oversees Pakistanis and the ECP as well as the chairman of Nadra to make coordinated efforts for devising a mechanism which would enable oversees Pakistanis to cast their votes in the coming general election.

Comments (12) Closed

Raymond Durrani Apr 08, 2013 02:11pm
This PPP government did create so called
Sameen Bawla Apr 08, 2013 02:36pm
Another Suo Moto:)
Atta ur Rehman Apr 08, 2013 02:39pm
I think it would be disaster to not allow overseas Pak to vote. It is a ECP under influence of PPP and PML N as they dont want the PTI of Imran Khan to get in power.. I hope they let the overseas Pak to vote so that there is coming of Imran Khan and change comes to Pakistan fortune with PTI victory as 90% will vote for Imran Kkan's Party PTI.
Ali Apr 08, 2013 02:50pm
They have been at it for the past year and now one month before the elections they ae saying a hurried mechanism would be bad....why dont they hurry their behinds and do something good for the millions of overseas Pakistanis rather than spending the govts resources on asking candidates to recite the 2nd kalmiah!
Nasser Ali Khan Apr 08, 2013 03:01pm
What was the ECP doing since its inception? It is a corrupt bunch of misfits doing the bidding for PPP and PML(N) who are in cahoots of sharing the spoils at the nation's expense. Why does not the SC take action via transparent investigation of the appointment of the ECP officials and the whole process that is meant to be followed? Merley making statements will not produce concrete results.
Gerry D'Cunha Apr 08, 2013 03:23pm
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has opposed hurried evolution of a mechanism to enable overseas Pakistanis to exercise their right to vote. This was a sensible decision by ECP at this moment when the elections are just not far away
Ali Vaqar Awan Apr 08, 2013 03:35pm
It is really unfair to continously exclude overseas Pakistanis. They are also as patriots and have great love, and admiration for our beloved country. They have a right to vote. Not letting them vote is violation of human rights principals. During 5 years our government was sleeping and never bothered to devise any proper mechanism for voting Pakistanis abroad. It should have been done long ago.
Mustafa Apr 08, 2013 05:42pm
Overseas Pakistanis deserve to vote. Mr. Fakhruddin Ibrahim is not doing enough for this cause. I wish a younger and more energetic honest man was there at the helm instead of honorable Mr. Ibrahim.
Malick Apr 08, 2013 07:29pm
This is the best not to give the opportunity of voting to overseas Pakistani for 2013 election. This will be a malpractice to free and fair election with out a perfect mechanism. Those who want to cast their votes can go to Pakistan they are free to go. Pakistan judiciary does not need our votes, only it want foreign exchange.
Sameen Bawla Apr 08, 2013 08:40pm
Another Suo Moto on the cards:)
Syed Ahmed Apr 08, 2013 09:46pm
Asif Ali Zardari aided by Nawaz Sharif is doing Topi-drama. The ECP and the Interim Chief Ministers are Zardari
kamran Apr 09, 2013 04:00am
they simply dont want them to vote because 90% of voters will vote imran khan ( pti )