Islamabad (Staff Report): the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has extended the online registration for overseas Pakistanis voters for the upcoming by-polls from September 15 to September 17.

By-polls will be held on 11 National Assembly and 26 provincial assembly seats on October 14.

According to an ECP official, overseas Pakistanis can now register themselves as voters by September 17. He said the online voting registration system has been developed in collaboration with NADRA.

Earlier, the electoral body had announced that the overseas Pakistanis will be given 15 days to register themselves to vote on the ECP website or on overseasvoting.gov.pk. The registration will end on September 15.

The overseas Pakistanis will only be able to vote in the constituencies their vote is registered in.

It is pertinent to mention that only those overseas Pakistanis who are already registered voters will be able to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming by-polls.

As per the Supreme Court’s order, the results of the i-voting will remain segregated from the basic balloting process so that it could not affect the election results in case of any dispute.

In a landmark decision on August 17, the Supreme Court had permitted Pakistanis residing abroad to cast their votes in the upcoming by-polls.