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Cabinet approves ordinances on use of electronic voting machines, overseas voting rights

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday announced that the federal cabinet has approved two ordinances regarding the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voting rights for overseas Pakistanis.

Addressing a news conference after the federal cabinet meeting, the minister said that EVMs use is very effective as it provides the result of a whole constituency in 20 minutes. He said the election commission will work for giving the voting right to overseas Pakistanis.

“Another ordinance has given the ECP authority regarding voting rights for the overseas Pakistanis,” the information minister said.

He said that the government has fulfilled its responsibility regarding legislation on the matter. “Technological work is to be done on biometric and e-voting,” he said adding that they have appointed a consultant to finalize recommendations in this regard.

He said that after the ordinance, it is upto the ECP to include overseas Pakistanis in the voting process.

The meeting has also granted succession certificate facility to overseas Pakistanis besides also giving nod to issuing a commemorative coin on 100 years of establishment of NED University.

Chaudhry also informed media persons that the cabinet was also briefed on the situation with respect to the coronavirus in the country, authorities’ efforts to make people comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), and the medical facilities being provided to the patients.

The cabinet gave approval to the appointment of member production at Heavy Industries, Taxila.

Similarly, it gave a green signal to the issuance of a coin on the occasion of the centennial celebrations of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore.

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