Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to introduce electronic voting system to ensure utmost transparency in the election process.
Talking to media in Islamabad Tuesday after chairing the Electoral Reforms Committee, the Prime Minister said a mechanism will also be brought in for overseas Pakistanis so that they, too, can participate in the polling to elect their representatives.
He said NADRA’s data will be utilized for the electronic voting in the country for which Election Commission of Pakistan is being consulted. He said a bill for these reforms will soon be introduced in the parliament.
Imran Khan said elections in Azad Kashmir and Senate are approaching soon, while general election will be held in 2023. He said the prime objective to introduce these reforms is to ensure fair and transparent elections in Pakistan and enhance people’s trust in the polling process.
The Prime Minister also announced to introduce a Constitutional Amendment for Senate elections through show of hands instead of secret balloting to end sale and purchase of votes.
He said the constitutional amendment is not possible without 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.
He said the move was unprecedented on part of a sitting government and recalled that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2018 had shown door to 20 of its lawmakers on evidence of selling their votes.
The Prime Minister thanked the people of Gilgit Baltistan for reposing confidence in PTI during the recent election and lauded the big turnout even from far-flung areas despite tough weather conditions.
He said that the government would take every possible step to bring development in GB. He said his government stood by its pledge to grant provisional provincial status to GB to end their sense of deprivation, as per the longstanding demand of locals.
Imran Khan said the people of GB would be kept updated about step-by-step phases leading towards the formulation of their province.
He dismissed the allegations of Opposition parties of rigging in the GB polls and stressed the need for a spirit among political parties to accept defeat.
He recalled that the purpose behind PTI’s demand to open four constituencies after 2013 general election and the 126-day sit-in was to set in place a system of transparent and free polls in future.
Even as skipper of cricket team, Khan said, he always campaigned for neutral umpires in the matches.
The Prime Minister expressed confidence that with implementation of electoral reforms, the country would witness a norm among political parties to have faith in polling process and accept the results.