Islamabad (Staff Report): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday approved the use of i-voting system for overseas Pakistanis in the upcoming by-polls.

The voter registration process will start from September 1 and 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 earlier this month, the Supreme Court had permitted Pakistanis residing abroad to cast their votes in the upcoming by-polls.