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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Voters with Expired National Identity Cards Permitted to Vote in Upcoming General Elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan announces that voters with expired national identity cards can participate in the upcoming general elections by presenting their original ID cards at polling stations.

Voters having expired national identity card can cast their votes in the upcoming general elections to be held on Thursday (February 8).

Spokesman of Election Commission of Pakistan KP, Sohail Ahmad told APP that all those voters whose identity cards are expired are eligible for casting votes.

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However, he continued, all the voters have to take the original copy of their identity card to the polling station otherwise they would not be allowed to exercise their right of franchise.

He said the ECP took this decision to allow the participation of hundreds of thousands of voters in elections. A large number of people were approaching and asking about their eligibility due to the expiry of the identity cards, he added.

Comprehensive Arrangements Made for Elections

Despite facing numerous challenges, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar emphasized that the government had made comprehensive arrangements to ensure the peaceful and smooth conduct of elections nationwide on polling day. During a meeting with a delegation from the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), led by former President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the PM Office Media Wing stated.

The caretaker administration’s commitment to facilitating peaceful elections was underscored, with the Prime Minister welcoming the COG delegation’s engagement as part of their pre-election interactions. He expressed Pakistan’s pride in upholding its Commonwealth membership by inviting independent international observers to monitor the electoral process.

Highlighting the government’s efforts in managing state affairs and fostering a conducive environment for the elections, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of citizens exercising their democratic right to vote.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan extended gratitude to the caretaker Prime Minister and conveyed best wishes from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland. He mentioned that the COG delegation would visit various polling sites across the country to observe the electoral process.