A task force set up by the Election Commission of Pakistan on the directives of the Supreme Court (SC), to test the viability of implementing an online voting mechanism for overseas citizens, has recommended against implementing the e-voting system, DawnNews TV reported. The Internet Voting Task Force (IVTF) was formed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in April on the SC’s orders, to conduct a technical audit of the Internet voting solution process that was proposed by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra). In a report submitted before the top court on Tuesday, the IVTF said that while overseas Pakistanis have the right to vote in the elections, the e-voting platform that Nadra had proposed to use for the purpose, iVote, has drawbacks that pose risks to the conduct of transparent voting.
Instead of an e-voting system, the IVTF recommended that in order to include overseas Pakistanis in the electorate, the ECP should introduce postal or embassy voting.
According to the report, the iVote system does not provide secrecy of the ballot, which is a violation of Clause 94 of the Elections Act 2017 and Article 226 of the Constitution.