Pakistan Ambassador to UAE Discusses Election Arrangements With Pakistani Expats

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Ambassador Khan briefs community members on Embassy’s plan to set up 9 polling stations across UAE to facilitate community’s right to vote

 Participants appreciated the Embassy for its pro-active approach on enabling balloting in UAE and extended all-out support to compliment the efforts.

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Abu Dhabi, (PR): A delegation of Pakistani expats called on Pakistan’s Ambassador to UAE Jamil Ahmed Khan Wednesday at his office to find out about the election-related arrangements the Embassy is likely to put in place in light of decision by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The delegation was headed by the member Board of Governors, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, Mian Munir and included columnist Tariq Butt, Mian Abid Ali, Chaudhry Altaf Hussain, businesspersons and community members from other walks of life.

Ambassador Jamil Khan informed the delegation that Pakistan Embassy is contemplating setting up 9 polling stations across Emirates, with separate facilities for women voters. He said that besides the Pakistan’s Mission in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai, polling stations would also be set up at Pakistani schools in Dubai, Al-Ain, Ras-ul-Khaima, Fujairah, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

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“We have already evolved a strategy paper to enable Pakistani expats cast ballots without any hassle. And this strategy paper that dilates upon the modalities of holding balloting in foreign land is now being shared with Consulate in Dubai and authorities back home for their feedback and possibly as a roadmap for other Missions abroad,” the envoy said.

Briefing the participants Envoy Jamil Khan said Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already directed its Missions and Consulates worldwide to make necessary election-related arrangements in anticipation of the affirmative decision to this end by the Pakistan Election Commission.

“That is why we have already approached the UAE foreign ministry to obtain necessary approvals and facilitation from the host government in carrying out election related tasking in a timely fashion,” Ambassador Jamil Khan said. He however mentioned that the drawn up plan would be put in place after receiving final go-ahead from the Election Commission of Pakistan.

“And let me also remind Pakistani community that only those persons can cast their vote whose names are included in the final voters list of the respective areas issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan,” envoy remarked. He added that the instructions on how voting is to be conducted would be passed on to Pakistanis in the UAE within a week or so. “In any case we are ready to assist with Pakistan’s Election Commission’s decision about voting exercise either through e-voting system or manual balloting,” envoy added.

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Ambassador has asked the Embassy staff to gear up for undertaking this massive exercise, which would enable 1.2 million Pakistanis residing in the UAE exercise their right to vote in the upcoming general elections. The delegates acknowledged the efforts made by the Embassy in this regard and offered their all-out support to compliment Mission’s election-enabling initiatives.