A lack of interest of Pakistanis living aboard flagrantly evident as deadline for registration of Internet voting has been ended today. Out of above five hundred thousand Pakistanis residing overseas, only seven thousand and four hundred registered themselves for internet voting which is not an encouraging trend for the present PTI led government which worked hard to give the expats the right to vote. Five hundred and twenty thousand overseas Pakistanis showed an unexpected and strange attitude towards the lack of interest in the electoral and political system of Pakistan. Only seven thousand and four hundred Pakistanis living and settled in foreign countries – being registered to the internet voting for the by elections scheduled to be held in October 2018 – can take part in the voting process now. According to the election commission sources, two hundred thousand individuals have visited the internet voting website.
More than ten thousand expats have signed up for internet voting and after all the phases and preparations made to entertain the overseas Pakistanis to have them practice their right to vote remain unsubstantial as only one percent of total number of Pakistanis living in foreign countries got themselves registered for the internet voting in the by-elections on 04 October 2018.
The overseas Pakistanis have shown little interest in getting themselves registered for first ever I-voting in the upcoming by-election in October in 37 constituencies.
Election Commission and NADRA sources said that the voting software technically and administratively shows no disturbances and glitches so far – hence is considered safe and successful to include the expats in the electoral and political horizon of Pakistan.