National Database and Registration Authority of Pakistan (NADRA) has developed a software for electronic voting for upcoming election 2013. This software is designed on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan. It will facilitate overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes.
National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) is issued to overseas Pakistanis. NICOP Card will be required to cast your vote via online e-voting system.
Currently about 4.5 million Pakistanis have NICOP Card which is required to cast your vote using electronic voting system or e-voting software. More details will be updated soon, however as per available information this mechanism will be available at least in those foreign countries where large number of Pakistani nationals reside e.g. UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, UK, France, Australia, Canada and European Union etc. Polling Stations will be made in Embassies and Consuls of Pakistan in these countries. Internet Voting System is another system which provide facility to voters at their door step.
Millions of Pakistanis are living abroad for their jobs or businesses and those are very loyal to Pakistan and are much concerned about political situation of the country. In the past they were not given the vote right in elections but now it is hoped that a proper mechanism will be established before commencement of general elections.
Many international companies have already prepared electronic voting systems and are being used by many countries. Even some countries have used different electronic voting systems within country for public.
Earlier, while hearing case of giving voting rights to overseas Pakistanis, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that Chairman NADRA should resign if fails to provide voting facility to Pakistanis living abroad.
Tariq Malik, Chairman NADRA told media that NADRA has designed voting software and a briefing will be given to Supreme Court tomorrow on Monday 01 April 2013. He further said that suggestions and recommendations of Political Parties and Election Commission of Pakistan will also be taken in this regard. NADRA also helped ECP to establish scrutiny system to filter election candidates who are tax defaulters or have dual nationality. About 20 million people have checked their votes in polling lists via NADRA. Chairman NADRA said that NADRA can help HEC to computerize degrees records.