ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) observed on Thursday that it is impossible to incorporate an electronic voting system in the upcoming general elections.
This was said during the hearing of a petition filed in 2012 by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan which sought removal of alleged bogus votes from the voter lists issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar headed the bench that was conducting the hearing.
During the hearing, the PTI counsel brought up the matter of using an electronic voting system. However, Justice Nisar said that as there was not much time left till the country goes to polls, it would be impossible to implement the electronic voting system in such a short duration.
The CJP said that it was important that this was first tried on an experimental basis, to which the counsel for PTI suggested that the SC should ask for a written report from the authorities concerned.
Noting the impracticality of the petition given the timeframe, the bench declined the PTI’s appeal and ordered the registrar to fix the next hearing after general elections 2018.
“Social media will be stirred with a new argument on this,” remarked the top judge.