NA passes bill to abolish electronic, overseas voting
The National Assembly has passed an Election Amendment Bill 2022 to repeal the former government’s amendments to the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Overseas Pakistanis voting.
Election Amendment Bill 2022 was introduced in the National Assembly by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Murtaza Javed Abbasi.
A motion was also passed to suspend the rule of sending Election Act Amendment Bill 2022 to the Standing Committee.
The National Assembly passed a bill to amend the Election Act 2017, repealing the previous government’s amendments regarding electronic voting machines and overseas Pakistanis voting.
Speaking at the NA session, Federal Minister of Law and Justice Azam Nazeer Tarar said that holding polls using EVMs in a single day is “impossible”.
He said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had also expressed its inability to hold elections through I-Voting and EVMs in a short span of time and without proper homework.
Regarding the use of EVMs, the law minister said they are not against the use of technology, but they have concerns about misuse of technology as the Results Transmission System (RTS) had failed in the 2018 elections to favor a particular political party.