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President Arif Alvi receives amendment bills to sign, may return it to house: sources

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has recieved two amendment bills on NAB and election reforms after their approval from the joint session by the coalition partners, sources informed Bol News on Monday.

NAB powers have been reduced while the government has barred overseas Pakistani from voting and use of electronic voting machines in the next polls as according to the two passed bills.

President Arif Alvi is expected to raise his reservations over the bill and return it back to the legislative houses. He has already started consultations with the constitutional experts on it. In case, the president returns the bill, government will get it approved through another joint session. The coalition government has called the next joint session on June 7. The bill will be re-sent to president, and they will become laws even if he does not sign them.

Both the bills were moved by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the House.

Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Monday at 4:00.

Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Azam Nazeer Tarar said neither the right of overseas Pakistanis to vote was removed nor the government would do so. He said the ECP was given the authority regarding vote of the overseas Pakistanis.

Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Shahzad Waseem said nobody would be allowed to rob overseas Pakistanis of their vote. “We will not let anybody bulldoze nine million overseas votes,” he said.

A day ago, the National Assembly had passed “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022” to conduct pilot projects in bye-elections before using I-Voting and Electronic Voting Machines in the general elections.

Speaking on the occasion in the House, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar had rejected the impression that the amendment was aimed at depriving overseas Pakistanis of their right to vote.

He had said overseas Pakistanis were precious asset of the country and the government did not believe in snatching their right to vote.

Under the amendment in Section 94 of the Election Act, 2017, the Commission may conduct pilot projects for voting by Overseas Pakistanis in bye-elections to ascertain the technical efficacy, secrecy, security, and financial feasibility of such voting and shall share the results with the government, which shall, within 15 days from the commencement of a session of a House after the receipt of the report, lay the same before both Houses of the Parliament.

Under Amendment in Section 103 of the Election Act, 2017, the ECP may conduct pilot projects for utilisation of EVMs and biometric verification system in the bye-elections.

Courtesy Bol News

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