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NA passes Election Act Amendment Bill, grants voting right to overseas Pakistanis
Web Desk On Jun 10, 2021 Last updated Jun 10, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) has passed the Election Act Amendment Bill, 2020 containing dozens of amended clauses for bringing electoral reforms including the voting right for overseas Pakistanis, ARY News reported on Thursday.


The Lower House has passed the amended Election Act, 2017 that was presented by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan.
The Election Act Amendment Bill, 2020 contains dozens of amended clauses aiming to bring electoral reforms regarding the voting right for overseas Pakistanis, the open ballot for Senate polls, use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and other sections to ensure transparent and fair elections.

The bill had earlier sailed through the NA Standing Committee on Parliament Affairs chaired by Mujahid Ali, however, the opposition members gave their dissenting notes by calling it legislation in haste.
In a Twitter message, Dr Babar Awan has congratulated the overseas national for getting the right of voting after 73 years as the amended election bill has been passed by the National Assembly (NA) today.
He criticised that the opposition lawmakers have boycotted the voting for the amended electoral bill. Dr Awan added that the bill will be presented to the Senate to grant voting right for overseas Pakistanis.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari blamed the federal government for seizing the opposition’s right to carry out debate on the legislation. He alleged that the election ‘rigging’ bill was forcedly passed from the lower house besides passing many other bills as well.
During the session, the opposition lawmakers walked out of the house and accused the chair of not appropriately running the National Assembly session. Qadir Patel announced to boycott the NA session and bringing a no-confidence motion against the chair of the house.
The National Assembly also passed Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matters) Amendment Bill, 2021, Federal Medical Teaching Institute Bill, 2020, Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2021, Port Qasim Authority Act Amendment bill, 2021, the Financial Institutions (Secured Transactions) Amendment Bill.

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EVM will come too no matter what skindar Sultan patwari does IA today arif Alvi held meeting about EVM 23 will be EVM IA
 

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In this whole scenario your forgetting that bill regarding the Jadhav spy thing to give him more rights to appeal and shit — I mean that rodent was caught just hang him already. I feel IK is trying to work around and get him released.
 

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In this whole scenario your forgetting that bill regarding the Jadhav spy thing to give him more rights to appeal and shit — I mean that rodent was caught just hang him already. I feel IK is trying to work around and get him released.
This PM and COAS are cowards of the highest degree.
 

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How will this work practically, I’m overseas right now, will I be able to vote in any constituency of my choice? Or will it be tied to address, in which case it probably will not be a straightforward process.

Overseas people just keep in mind how awful IT infrastructure of our government is, how much they still work with paper, and how much they generally lack proficiency.

Let’s see what they work up as a usable system. It sounds way easier than it will be to put in practise I suspect.
 

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How will this work practically, I’m overseas right now, will I be able to vote in any constituency of my choice? Or will it be tied to address, in which case it probably will not be a straightforward process.

Overseas people just keep in mind how awful IT infrastructure of our government is, how much they still work with paper, and how much they generally lack proficiency.

Let’s see what they work up as a usable system. It sounds way easier than it will be to put in practise I suspect.
Most probably we have to go to embassy and caste vote on paper.
 

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Using EVMs is gigantic task. I don't think it will be practical at least in next election. They need a practice run. Next local govt elections are a good chance to test these.
 

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