close
Advertisement
Can't connect right now! retry

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!

add The News to homescreen

tap to bring up your browser menu and select 'Add to homescreen' to pin the The News web app

Got it!
April 25, 2013
Advertisement

SC seeks govt stance on expats’ right to vote

April 25, 2013

Share

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed Minister for Information Technology Sania Nishtar to furnish her written stance through the attorney general from giving the facility to overseas Pakistanis for exercising their right to vote in the upcoming elections.
Minister for Information Technology Sania Nishtar apprised the three-member bench of the apex court, headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, that the government was facing difficulties to deploy e-voting system for overseas Pakistanis in the upcoming elections. She stated that though Nadra had developed software, but more than 18 months would be required to testing and making it error free.
She also said that if the embassies could not handle situation on the poling day (May 11), then overseas citizens might stage protest, which would be an embarrassment for Pakistani institutions in foreign countries and the country would be defamed.
She also said that if there is a lack of transparency in the process, then there will be a severe criticism by foreign countries on Pakistan.The court observed that it was the duty of the executive to solve the difficulties, but prima facie it seemed the government had surrendered itself on this matter.
It also said that overseas Pakistanis had lots of expectations from the caretaker government that it would provide them fundamental rights. The Court also asked the ECP representative that if they were so helpless, then why it did not inform the court earlier. The Court also observed that after examining the government stance, they would pass an appropriate order in this matter. The hearing of the case is adjourned until Thursday (today).

Advertisement

Comments

Advertisement

Topstory minus plus

Opinion minus plus

Newspost minus plus

Editorial minus plus

National minus plus

World minus plus

Sports minus plus

Business minus plus

Karachi minus plus

Lahore minus plus

Islamabad minus plus

Peshawar minus plus