The National Assembly of Pakistan passed the Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 on Thursday, which seeks to remove the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in general elections, as well as, disallows overseas Pakistanis from voting.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Murtaza Javed Abbasi presented the bill that was passed with a majority vote.
Before presenting the bill, Abbasi presented a motion for allowing the bill to be sent directly to the Senate for its approval, bypassing the relevant standing committee. The motion was also passed by the NA with a majority vote.
The bill is expected to be sent to the Senate tomorrow.
Speaking about the legislation, Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar said it was of immense significance.
He recalled the previous PTI government had made several amendments to the Election Act, 2017, including those that allowed the use of EVMs and granted overseas Pakistanis the right to vote in general elections.
The law minister added that the Election Commission of Pakistan had also raised objections to the use of EVMs.
The PTI government had bulldozed the bill through the NA on November 17, 2021, along with 33 other legislations amid fervent protest by the then-opposition.
Tarar said today that the bill was passed with a slim margin of votes and that the then-opposition had held multiple meetings to discuss it.