ECP’s decision will be final on EVMs: President Alvi

 ECP’s decision will be final on EVMs: President Alvi

President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi

Islamabad, 18 June: President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi said that the final decision regarding the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in elections will be taken by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

According to a press release issued in this regard, the president was chairing a meeting of the sub-committee on emerging technologies in i-voting. He said government organisations would facilitate the ECP in executing the process of electoral reforms in a transparent manner.

President also called for addressing the reservations, raised by the ECP, regarding the amendment of the electoral laws. He emphasised that vote was a fundamental right of every citizen, and they could not be deprived of their basic right due to the weaknesses of the system.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication (IT&T) Syed Aminul Haq, Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati, Secretary Ministry of IT&T Dr Muhammad Sohail Rajput, Acting Chairman NADRA Brig (retd) Khalid Latif, DG (IT) ECP Khizer Aziz, and other officials of the government.

Addressing the meeting, the president underlined the need for improving the existing electoral laws to enable about 9 million overseas Pakistanis to exercise their right to vote in line with the directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

He stressed the need for improving communication among the stakeholders concerned to address any misconceptions about i-voting for overseas Pakistanis.

Referring to the Elections Act, 2017, Railway Minister informed the meeting that 49 amendments were incorporated in the said Act with the consent of ECP and this time the relevant organisations should also support the ongoing reforms to ensure transparency and credibility of the electoral process.

Read more: EVM only option to ensure transparency in polls: PM Khan

Earlier, Prime Minister(PM) Imran Khan reiterated the incumbent government’s resolve to ensure transparency in the electoral process(EXM) in the country.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad, PM Imran issued directives for making the process of use of EVMs in elections transparent and fulfilling all legal requirements in this regard.

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