ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided that 4 million overseas Pakistani’s will not be able to exercise their right to vote from their country of residence; meanwhile election commission has said that overseas Pakistanis could use right of vote after returning to Pakistan.
It was also decided during the meeting, that voting will take place again, at polling stations reserved for women, where voter turn out is less than 10 percent.
The high level meeting of the Election Commission was held under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim here on Wednesday.
According to the ECP making arrangements for providing voting facilities to so many people abroad would be an impossible task in such a short time as general elections were not far away.
The commission, however, said that these expatriates could come to Pakistan and vote instead.
The issue has not been dismissed but postponed as the upcoming elections have many matters that need to be attended to in a short period of time.
During the meeting, five new political parties were allowed registration today, with the Pakistan Muslim League – Likeminded being recognized as a separate political party.
Also, a bill was agreed upon by the commission which states that results will be withheld and polling will be held again in any constituency where there are less than 10 percent votes of women. The meeting approved the bill regarding mandatory voting of women.
The draft of the bill would be forwarded to the parliament. According to the draft re-polling would be conducted in the constituency where females’ vote casting would be less than 10%.
The Election Commission has forwarded the cases of 12 dual nationality holder MPs to the provincial election commissions.