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Pakistan Votes For Overseas Nationals A Problem; Election Commission Of Pakistan Tells Supreme Court

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) informed the Supreme Court on Thursday of multiple hurdles to giving overseas Pakistanis right to vote in the 2013 general election in the country.

In a report submitted to the court, the ECP said it would be difficult to give voting right to non-resident nationals in the May 11 parliamentary elections.

Voters have to register themselves at the concerned Pakistani diplomatic missions and this process would take time, the report said.

It is mandatory to get permission from host countries for polling and the ECP will also require adequate time for ensuring logistics for the polling staff.

According to the report 2.9 million Pakistanis reside in Gulf States and around one million of them do not have machine readable passports.

Official data shows that a total of 4.3 million Pakistanis living in 15 countries including the US and UK and possessing National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis have been registered on the electoral rolls.

A bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has been hearing a number of petitions seeking a directive to the ECP to ensure that Overseas Pakistanis are enabled to vote in the forthcoming elections. It’s judgment in the case is awaited.

Senior officials of the ECP, the ministry of foreign affairs, ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, the ministry of information technology and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) held a meeting on Wednesday ahead of submission of the report to the court.

NADRA says it has developed a suitable and secure electronic voting software for Overseas Pakistanis.

ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmad has said a final decision regarding the issue would be made by the apex court.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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