Supreme Court of Pakistan recently called a briefing where National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) presented the online voting system for overseas Pakistanis. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar led a three-member bench to resume the hearing of a case referring to the voting rights of overseas Pakistanis. The hearing was attended by the officials of Election Commission of Pakistan, parliamentarians, representatives of political parties and faculty experts from reputable universities of Pakistan. … The online system has been integrated with the web portals of ECP and NADRA. To cast a vote, an overseas Pakistani who wishes to use the system must have a National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), a machine-readable passport and a valid email address to register on the website. The eligibility of the voter will be verified by the 13-digit NICOP number, its issuance date, tracking number and passport number of the machine-readable passport. After the validation of eligibility, the identity of the voter will be confirmed if they answer two verification questions asked by the system.
After the registration, the voter will be delisted from its home constituency in Pakistan. The system will release a voting pass to the voters’ email. On the day of elections, the voter can use the pass to caste the vote to the candidate of their choice from National Assembly or Provincial Assembly. After the voting time has elapsed, ECP will enable the reporting portal of the system through which returning officers will be able to view the results.
… IT experts present in the briefing criticized the security of the e-voting software prepared by NADRA. Taha Ali from NUST expressed his concerns over the voting software,
“It’s not difficult to hack an e-voting system. Even if it is not hacked, stealing data is not a big deal. Different countries, including the United States, Australia and Norway, tried such software only to withdrew them later.”
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