Vote Right For Overseas Pakistanis

Pak expatriates prefer electronic voting if allowed to cast their vote

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, April 13, 2013

SHARJAH: In a recent survey conducted by The Gulf Today, overseas Pakistanis in the UAE said they want to take part in the upcoming polls and showed great support for the electronic voting process.
The UAE has 1.2 million Pakistani expats, which is the second largest population of Pakistanis in the Gulf after Saudi Arabia.
Qamar Zaidi, a businessman whose name is registered in the voting list of the Urdu Bazaar constituency of Karachi, said he wanted to take part in the elections as it would be the first time the overseas Pakistanis would cast their vote.
“If the SC allows the overseas Pakistanis to cast their vote, we will exercise our right to choose candidates from outside the country. The Pakistan Embassy in association with the Pakistan government should devise a plan to allow expats to cast their vote through the computerised voting method, either online or through machines already in use in many countries,” he said.
S. Shakeel Sheikh, who works in a publishing house in Sharjah for the past couple of years, has already registered himself in a constituency of Mustafabad (Dharam Pura), Lahore, from which prominent politicians have contested in the past. This time Nawaz Sharif will contest the elections from this area.
“This will be a good gesture if we are allowed to exercise our right. Obviously, the electronic method will be more secure than the manual method being practised in the country. There have been many cases of rigging, fake voting and other cases through this method of voting,” he added.
Mujtaba Shahid, of Der, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, said: “We have many relatives and friends from the same constituency and allowing us to be part of the next polls will have a significant impact on the results.
“In the busy life of the UAE the manual voting system will not be preferred, and if we are allowed to cast our vote, we will prefer the electronic method to save time as no will want to lose a day’s salary,” he said.
Tahir Karim, a resident of Ras Al Khaimah, said that he registered his name in Faisalabad before moving to the UAE some 10 years ago. He said that he would be happy to vote electronically.
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~ by jamilkhan on April 13, 2013.

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