Kunwar Dilshad, former Pakistan’s Election Commission Secretary, expressed his reservations on Monday against allowing Pakistanis from abroad to cast their votes over the internet and stated that the voting process will not leave room for confidentiality.
“All data will be transferred to the National Database & Registration Authority via the internet voting process so that there is no confidentiality,” said Dilshad.
He went on to say that government officials use political points, but the issue is the sovereignty of the ECP.
Dilshad said Pakistanis would visit the country in the past to cast their votes in particular. On June 10, Pakistan’s government announced its right to vote in the National Assembly for Pakistanis from abroad.
Pakistani Premier Zulfiqar Bukhari confirmed the news and praised the PTI-led government, especially Prime Minister Imran Khan, for making this possible on Twitter.
“Congratulations, my people,” he continued. “You have the right to become a part of this country’s decision-making process. The decision was taken under the Amendment Bill for 2020 of the Election Act.
Federal science and technology Minister Shibli Faraz stated earlier this month that electronic voting in Pakistan would eliminate manipulation. Furthermore, it would allow more than 7 million Pakistanis in the foreign countries to vote for Pakistan.
PML-N supports representation in parliament of Pakistanis abroad:
PML-N General Secretary Ahsan Iqbal said a day ago that his party supports the representation in the parliament of Pakistani foreigners. “The assets of our country are the settled Pakistanis abroad,” Iqbal said.
He said that several suggestions are made on how to guarantee the protection of votes of Pakistani citizens overseas, which should be carried through following a national consensus. Iqbal said this will be crucial if there is to be no foreign intervention such as the one seen at the US elections.