Parliament passes bill on EVMs, right of vote to overseas Pakistanis

101 Parliament passes bill on EVMs

ISLAMABAD, (APP): Amid opposition uproar, the Joint Sitting of the Parliament on Wednesday passed the Elections (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021 with majority votes by rejecting all amendments proposed by the opposition benches.

Advisor the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Zaheer-un-Din Babar Awan piloted the bill in the House and the motion to consider the bill was passed with a majority vote. A total of 221 lawmakers voted in favor of the motion while 203 lawmakers opposed it.

Later, the Parliament passed the legislative proposal which pertains to the fair, free and transparent election through the utilization of technology and modern gadgets.

The bill is also aimed at granting voting rights to the Overseas Pakistanis which may only be possible by vesting exclusive authority in ECP with the technical assistance of NADRA and other agencies.

It also asks to procure electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the casting of votes in general elections. Amendments were sought in sections 94 and 103 of the Election Act, 2017 to achieve the aforesaid objectives.

Majlis-e-Shoora passed the amendments moved by Advisor to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan while the amendments moved by MNA Mohsin Dawar, Senator Taj Haider, and Senator Mushtaq Ahmed were rejected by the House.

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