ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has extended the online registration for overseas Pakistanis for the upcoming by-polls from September 15 to September 17.
By-polls will be held on 11 National Assembly and 26 provincial assembly seats on October 14 for which the expats have been granted to use their voting right for the first time in country’s history.
All registered voters can cast their votes between 8 am and 6 pm (Pakistan Standard Time) on polling day for the elections.
An ECP official said a letter had been forwarded to the secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to educate the overseas Pakistanis in the registration process and to extend all possible assistance to them.
The official added that the eligibility criteria for overseas Pakistanis to register and cast vote is to have a machine-readable passport (MRP), National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and a valid email address.
A website has been developed by the ECP and NADRA to raise awareness and encourage them to register for i-voting with instruction in both English and Urdu, he added.
On August 17, the Supreme Court (SC) had allowed Pakistanis living abroad to vote in the by-polls.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had remarked that overseas Pakistanis would be participating in the by-election through i-voting, a system that allows voters to cast ballots from any computer connected to the internet anywhere in the world.