Overseas Pakistanis should be given right to vote, says CJ

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the overseas Pakistanis should be given the right to vote as they send valuable remittances to the country.

The chief justice made these remarks while hearing a constitutional petition at the Supreme Court filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), seeking preparation of electoral rolls after deleting the names of all the bogus voters.

The chief justice observed that the overseas Pakistanis should be given the right to cast their vote in the general elections as they send remittances to the country which strengthen the economy.

Justice Iftikhar recalled that earlier the government had pinpointed some difficulties for providing the facility to the overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes in the general elections. The chief justice observed that over 20 countries had adopted the postal ballot system wherein people living abroad could use their right to vote.

Rashid A Rizvi, the counsel for the JI, while arguing before the court, submitted that most of the people who were living in Karachi for over 30 years had their votes registered on their respective village addresses (permanent address).

During the hearing, nobody appeared before the court on behalf of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing till November 7 and directed to club the JI’s petition with the main petition of Imran Khan.