Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to introduce electronic voting system to ensure utmost transparency in the election process. The premier made the announcement during a media talk in Islamabad on Tuesday.
PM said a mechanism will also be brought in for overseas Pakistanis so that they can also participate in voting process.
He said NADRA’s data will be utilized for electronic voting in the country. PM added that the Election Commission of Pakistan was also being consulted. He said a bill for these reforms will soon be introduced in the parliament.
PM Imran said elections in Azad Kashmir and Senate are approaching soon. Meanwhile, he added, the general election will be held in 2023.
He said the objective to introduce these reforms is to ensure fair and transparent elections in Pakistan. PM said new reforms would enhance people’s trust in the polling process.
Constitutional amendment for show of hands in Senate polls
The prime minister also announced to introduce a constitutional amendment for Senate elections through a show of hands instead of secret balloting to end the sale and purchase of votes.
He said the constitutional amendment is not possible without a two-third majority in the parliament and for this purpose government needs other parties’ support as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf does not has the required number of votes to amend the constitution.
Talking about PTI’s victory in the recent election in Gilgit-Baltistan, PM reiterated his resolve to give provisional provincial status to G-B to fulfill the long-desired demand of the people. He said the government will give a detailed plan to fulfill our commitment of granting provisional provincial status to G-B.
PM Imran also thanked the people of G-B for reposing trust in PTI. He also appreciated the PTI team for its massive campaigning during the G-B election.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N Vice-Chairman Maryam Nawaz cried rigging after the ruling PTI won the G-B polls. However, a recent survey had already favored PTI in the polls earlier. Let’s if the opposition parties will stand with the government and introduce the electoral reform.
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