President wants internet-voting for overseas Pakistanis

By Staff Reporter
Friday – June 25, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The president Arif Alvi emphasised the need, on Thursday, for expediting the electoral reforms process so as to grant overseas Pakistanis their political rights as well as make the electoral process more transparent, secure and impartial.

According to a press release, he said that it is the national obligation of political parties and concerned stakeholders to work together to strengthen the electoral system.

The meeting discussed various proposals with regard to improving the electoral laws.

The meeting emphasised the need for evolving consensus among political parties and other relevant stakeholders to take forward the reforms process.

Referring to the Elections Act 2017, the president stated that the said Act was supported by all political parties for strengthening the democratic process, and this time the political leadership of various political parties also needed to show the same spirit of cooperation for the sake of political rights of our citizens for a fair electoral process within the country through electronic voting machines (EVMs) and also to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis through internet-voting.

President Alvi remarked that he is ready to reach out to all political parties to take them on board to improve the existing electoral laws.

He urged the need to rise above the political differences and jointly work for the fundamental political rights of the people of Pakistan.

The president made these remarks during a meeting with science and technology minister senator Syed Shibli Faraz, information and broadcasting minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain, education minister Shafqat Mahmood, information technology and telecommunication minister Syed Amin-ul-Haque, and advisor to prime minister on parliamentary affairs Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan to discuss the electoral reforms process, at Aiwan-e-Sadr.