SC observes voting made ‘difficult’ for overseas Pakistanis

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan noted on Wednesday that the polling procedure has been made “difficult” to prevent overseas Pakistanis from voting.

The apex court made the remarks during a hearing of a case pertaining to giving the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis in which the court issued a notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan on the petitions of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Muslim League founder Sheikh Rashid.

Notices were also issued by the top court to the attorney general and NADRA for assistance.

During the hearing, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan inquired whether overseas Pakistanis have to come to Pakistan to vote or whether they can vote from their country of residence.

“The voting process has been made so difficult that overseas citizens cannot vote,” remarked Justice Ahsan. He further said that the “right to vote has not been abolished but the problem lies in the procedure”.