The overseas Pakistanis have so far shown little interest in getting themselves registered for first-ever I-voting in the upcoming by-election in 37 constituencies and so far just 6,000 have got themselves registered for their voting right. Sources in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said there are estimated 0.520 million expats, who could exercise their voting right with regard to these constituencies. But hitherto, just 3,000 qualified for this and were ready to vote in by-election. “These qualified persons will be using their respective passwords to take part in voting,” they explained.
Registration of overseas Pakistanis will continue till September 15. Internet voting is an online voting service. Using this service, overseas Pakistanis will be able to cast their vote online in their respective constituencies from anywhere in the world using any internet-connected device.
Lack of awareness and interest could be attributed to this lukewarm response from the overseas Pakistanis in I-voting. And, this was the reason that so far less than one percent potential voters showed interest in getting themselves registered and made their account accordingly. Overall, the total number of overseas Pakistanis is estimated to be around 8 million.