During a meeting of the federal cabinet, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, apprised all members about the government’s upcoming electoral reforms.
As per the new regulations decreed under the Election Commission of Pakistan, overseas Pakistanis will now be able to cast their votes electronically.
While addressing reporters in a media briefing on the cabinet meeting, Fawad Chaudhry explained that the new electoral reforms consisted of 4 parts, namely: EVMs, E-voting, Biometric, and Legislation.
ہماری انتخابی اصلاحات کے 4 حصے ہیں:
1️⃣الیکٹرانک ووٹنگ مشینز
2️⃣ای ووٹنگ۔ اوورسیز پاکستانیوں کو ووٹ کا حق
3️⃣بائیو میٹرک سسٹم
— PTI (@PTIofficial) May 4, 2021
EVMs have been fully developed, he said, further mentioning that the government had already circulated its legislative agenda to concerned divisions to ensure transparency. He also remarked that work on Biometric and E-voting had begun. In a statement, he explained,
One ordinance will enable the Election Commission of Pakistan to use electronic voting machines in elections, while the other empowers the ECP to take steps to give the overseas Pakistanis right to franchise
While most of the work depends heavily on parliamentary approval and swift action on behalf of the government in power, Fawad Chaudhry expects the premier’s directions to involve the civil society, media groups, and bar councils for a unanimous consensus.
Currently, there’s a consensus of all political parties on 40 out of 49 points in the electoral reforms, while the other 9 remain a subject of further debate between ‘wranglers’ on the parliamentary floors.