4.3m Overseas Pakistanis registered as voters in electoral rolls: Senate informed

Islamabad: The Senate was informed on Friday that a total number of four point three million Overseas Pakistanis are registered as voters in the electoral rolls on the relevant electoral areas throughout the country on the basis of Identity Cards for Overseas Pakistanis.

Law Minister Farooq H. Naek told the House during question hour that preparation and computerization of electoral rolls for elections to the assemblies is the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said Ministry of Law is considering a law to enable overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes at Pakistani embassies or through other means in the elections. He said at present this facility is available in a few countries only including the US. Farooq Naek said constitution of Pakistan allows overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes but doesn’t allow foreign nationality holders to contest elections.

To a question‚ he said that electoral rolls containing photographs and blank column for obtaining thumb impression of voter at the time of casting of votes will be available with the Presiding Officer on the polling day for General Elections 2013. He said the purpose of these steps is to discourage polling of bogus votes.
Minister of State for Communications Dost Mohammad Mazari told the House that work on Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab (M-8) is ongoing since 2004 but is currently suspended due to law and order situation.

He said Prime Minister has approved mobilization of FWO on the said project for completion of balance works with appropriate security package. The work will be completed within one year after mobilization of FWO. Similarly work on [N-85] will be completed in three years.

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