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President gives overseas Pakistanis right to vote

President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday approved and signed the Electoral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 to facilitate overseas Pakistanis to cast their vote from abroad.

Giving details of the ordinance, the spokesman to the president, Senator Farhatullah Babar said the ordinance provides that at least 14 days before the day fixed for poll abroad, the Election Commission of Pakistan shall set up polling stations with as many polling booths as maybe necessary in the premises of an embassy, a mission or a consulate provided that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has obtained consent of the host countries for establishment of the polling stations.

He added that the ordinance says that an overseas Pakistani, not later than 10 days before the day fixed for poll abroad, register himself as an elector in the embassy, mission or consulate where he intends to cast his vote.

“To ensure the conduct of free, fair and transparent poll, the Election Commission of Pakistan shall appoint as many independent monitors as necessary at a polling station abroad,” Babar quoted the ordinance as stating.

He said the ordinance shall come into force at once but shall take effect on the date or dates to be notified by the ECP in the official gazette.



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5 Comments

  1. Patriot said:

    BRAVO, LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE SO THAT IT CANNOT BE ADMINISTERED… GOOD PR EXERCISE……RESTRICTING A HUGE VOTE BANK FOR IMRAN KHAN FROM OVERSEAS PAKISTANI'S

  2. Abodi said:

    This illiterate, corrupt & vile leader of ours decides to open overseas elections when he knew its too late to vote in this election.

    PPP is the only party that favours the corrupt & evil.

  3. dar said:

    Typical Zardari. I guess the ballot boxes of overseas Pakistanis are already stuffed with PPP votes in the basement of the Presidency

  4. Tahir Baluch said:

    Wait, so May 11th is not the day for Abroad Pakistanis?

  5. zishan said:

    I just called Pakistan consulate in NY and they said "next time InshAllah".
    Not their fault because they are waiting for guide line probably. Its just sad and I hope that will also be a part of "Change".

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