Islamabad: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that the next general election will take place in Pakistan in 2023 under a new mechanism to ensure transparency in elections.
After meeting with officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in Islamabad, he was interviewed by the media on Monday with Minister of Science and Technology Shibli Faraz, Parliamentary Affairs Advisor Dr. Babar Awan, and Interior and Accountability Advisor Shahzad Akbar.
The Minister of Information stated that the government is discussing the features of this new mechanism with the ECP and submitting it to Parliament.
He said today that they discussed with ECP officials the proposed legislation on election reforms, electronic voting machines, and biometric systems.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain stated that the government had proposed 49 amendments in the electoral reform bill submitted to the National Assembly in October last year and shared the details with the ECP.
He said that today it is decided that the Ministry of Science and Technology will show the EVM demonstration to ECP, and then the election committee can appoint a consultant to solicit his opinions on the matter.
The Minister said that the PTI government has pledged to provide franchise rights to overseas Pakistanis who have played an important role in the development of the country. He said that a report has been submitted to ECP in this regard.
Minister of Science and Technology Shibli Faraz stated that the prime minister’s vision is to ensure the transparency of elections to strengthen democracy.
He said only the genuinely elected representatives should come to the parliament.
The Minister said his ministry is working day and night on the election voting machines.
Responding to a question, Shibli Faraz said Election Commission of Pakistan is an independent institution and the government fully respects it.
Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan said the government has sufficient majority in both the houses of the parliament to get the electoral reforms bill passed. He, however, said we want to take along the opposition parties and will welcome their suggestions on the matter.
The Adviser said we want technology based elections to ensure complete fairness and transparency in the next general elections.