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Friday Jun 10 2022
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Explainer: Overseas Pakistanis' voting rights and its hurdles

Representational image. — NADRA
Representational image. — NADRA

The voting rights of overseas Pakistanis has become a controversial political issue, but finally, in 2021, the PTI government gave them the right to vote through i-voting.

However, when the new government was formed, it reversed the law and asked the Election Commission of Pakistan to run more tests of the internet voting system and provide recommendations to Parliament.

But there still remains a lot of confusion and it is unclear as to what will be the procedure through which overseas Pakistanis can vote from the countries they reside in.

To understand this conundrum, we spoke to experts who told us about the hurdles and looked at what the Opposition and coalition parties have been saying.