ISLAMABAD: Overseas Pakistanis will not be able to vote in the forthcoming general election in the country, officials of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) said Wednesday.
NADRA officials told Daily Sun News News that Pakistan nationals abroad were being misled through various campaigns on social networking platforms.
They said no decision had yet been made with regard to online voting facility for overseas Pakistanis.
“Online voting for overseas Pakistanis can be experimented in by-polls,” the officials said.
“Pakistanis abroad will have to come to the country for using their right to vote in the general election.”
They further clarified that even after coming to the country, only those individuals would be able to vote, who are registered voters in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention here that a case pertaining to overseas Pakistanis’ right to vote is sub-judice with the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
In March, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar had said that overseas Pakistanis will be provided the right to cast their votes.
Hearing a case pertaining to dual citizenship of judges and civil servants, Justice Nisar had noted that it was about time that overseas Pakistanis are allowed to be part of the local elections process.
“Overseas Pakistanis have exercised enough patience,” he said. “We will provide them with the right to cast votes.”