Pakistan to have electronic voting system, says PM Imran


Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Tuesday that his government intended to introduce electronic voting in the country to make the process of general elections free and fair.

Addressing the nation regarding electoral reforms, the premier said that all parties including the PTI, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had levelled allegations of the 2013 elections being rigged.

He said the PTI demanded for a year to open four constituencies and then called a sit-in. “The work we did was for the 2018 elections to be transparent,” he added.

Referring to his cricketing days, the premier said it was due to his efforts that the concept of neutral umpires was introduced in the sport. He stated that he was making efforts to introduce the kind of electoral reforms that give the losing side no option than to concede.

“There was no rigging in 2018 general elections,” the premier said. “I said on the very first day [of the government] that I was ready to make any sort of investigations into the elections but, it was the PPP and PML-N who did not become part of the investigation committee for which it was made.

“A committee, comprising Azam Swati, Pervez Khattak, Babar Awan and Shafqat Mahmood, was working on electoral reforms,” he said. “It will get two things approved by the parliament, one of which is electronic voting,” PM Imran said.

“We are talking to the Election Commission about this and will take data from NADRA for e-voting,” added the premier.

Moreover, the premier said his administration would fulfil its promise to make GilgitBaltistan (G-B) a province. The premier thanked the people of G-B for trusting the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the elections