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ECP estimates Rs15mn for i-voting in next polls

Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) estimated Rs15 million on Monday for the cost for conducting polls for the overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes through the internet-voting system in the next elections. 

Sources informed that ECP had just submitted a test project report for i-voting in the parliament today (Monday). The parliament would review the report of the i-voting and finalize its recommendations.

It should be noted that on October 15, it was revealed that 84 per cent of registered e-voters used their right to vote in the by-elections on October 14.

According to the statistics, 5117 voters had cast their votes in National Assembly and 1016 polled for the provincial candidates.

This was the first time that overseas Pakistanis were made to participate in general elections and the turnout was huge.

ECP had previously given the overseas issued voters passwords and username to cast the vote. It was seen that only 7,419 overseas Pakistanis out of the total 632,000 registered to avail the facility offered to them for the first time in country.

An ECP official said that an amount of Rs 95 million will be spent on the exercise to allow the overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes through i-voting.

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