SC overrules objections to voting applications of Overseas Pakistanis

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ISLAMABAD, AUG 24 (DNA) — The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday overruled objections to the voting applications of Overseas Pakistanis.  A two-member bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard the case pertaining to give the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis.

During the hearing, Lawyer Sheikh Rasheed gave arguments, on which, Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that fake votes and rigging in elections also happen here, against which there is a law. “Motorway can’t be closed in case of an accident? Will the elections be stopped due to concerns of rigging?

“Why does the Election Commission not use its powers to stop rigging? The concerns of the Election Commission must be addressed, but it is not right to remove the right to vote from overseas. It will review the amendment in the Election Act only if it conflicts with the fundamental rights.

 Apparently, the right to vote for overseas Pakistanis is a matter of public interest and basic human rights. The court has given several decisions regarding the rights of overseas Pakistanis,” Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked.

Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi remaked that whether the current assembly had authorized to make amendments regarding fundamental rights? At present, the number of assembly members is very less. Modern devices are used all over the world; modern devices are used in every work, so why not in voting?

The court adjourned the hearing for a week. Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court, AML chiarman Sheikh Rasheed said that the outcome of the upcoming election will be important as overseas Pakistanis get the right to vote. “Immediate elections are the solution to all problems,” he added. =DNA