Friday, August 12, 2022

The President returned the Election Amendment Bill without signing it

President Dr. Arif Alvi returned the Electoral Amendment Bill on Electronic Voting Machines and Overseas Pakistanis Voting without signing it.

President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that I have been involved in the issue of electronic voting machines and overseas Pakistanis’ voting for over a decade while I have been following this issue in all governments, Parliament and Supreme Court.

Dr. Arif Alvi said that I have been abiding by the Constitution, I understand that the Constitution of Pakistan will make it into law even if it does not sign the bill, but as the President of Pakistan, not signing the bill passed by the Majlis-e-Shura is personal to me. As a matter of fact, I want to write down my arguments and ideas for future generations.

The President said that the nature of the proposed legislation is regressive, adding that technology, especially EVMs, when used effectively, has solutions to many of the problems that arise in traditional ways. It can reduce ambiguity, discord and accusations in the ‘always controversial’ and challenging election process.

Dr. Arif Alvi said that the use of technology would help in bringing transparency in the electoral process, participation of Pakistanis abroad in the electoral process, creating an atmosphere of political trust and reducing the process of division. Can fulfill the unfulfilled dream so far.

The President said that I want Pakistan to move towards rapid success in the future, today’s problems should be solved not only in the light of past experiences but also modern and new scientific methods should be used. It is a well-known fact that without the building of confidence and wider involvement of partners on both sides of Parliament, reform is not possible.

Arif Alvi said that why this has not happened so far and why this common sense thing was ignored by opinion makers and decision makers, it will remain a mystery to me, the present and future governments and parliament have two things to do. Have to choose

The President said that we can allow the past to lead Pakistan to decline, using past experiences and today’s technologies we can embarrass the dream of a bright, progressive and vibrant future of Pakistan. Yes, we will face many such difficult decisions in the future as well.

The president added that history has shown that nations that make the right decisions make rapid progress and those that fail to do so miss out on opportunities that could lead them to heights and success.

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