President Arif Alvi signs Elections (Amendment) Bill 2021 into law
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – President Dr Arif Alvi signed the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2021 into the law.
Addressing the ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday, President Arif Alvi said that overseas Pakistanis will have the right to vote.
Dismissing the objections about the EVM, he said that how many transactions, out of US$5 billion, were hacked across the country.
President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday asked the opposing voices not to be afraid of a 'simple' electronic voting machine (EVM) and hoped that would help in holding fair election, bringing an end to the rigging. “People will have to trust it. It involves no advancement. It is too simple. The country achieves progress by adopting new things,” the president said.
Passed by the parliament, the bill provides for holding of the next general election through the EVM as well as granting the right of vote to the overseas Pakistanis through I-voting. He said the EVM would ensure holding a fair election which had long been desired in Pakistan as every election followed the controversies and rigging charges which also impacted the credibility of the respective governments.
He said that after its success in upcoming elections, the EVM would be marketed as the 'Product of Pakistan.' Calling it a 'great step', the president said the legislation was made possible owing to the consistency of Prime Minister Imran Khan and hard work by the cabinet members despite huge resistance.