Overseas Pakistani votes to drop by 40 percent in 2008 polls

February 10th, 2008 - 5:28 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Feb.10 (ANI): Votes of Pakistanis living aboard are likely to drop by 40 percent for the February 18 general elections in comparison to the votes cast in 2002.
The Daily Times quoted Election Commission (EC) officials as saying that the Commission had received registration for about two million postal votes from overseas Pakistanis for the 2008 elections, whereas it received over 3 million in 2002.
There are approximately seven million Pakistanis living abroad, which indicates that 28 percent of them have registered their vote, said an EC official.
Of the around 2 million votes, the official said the Commission had received around 0.8 million from the United Arab Emirates, more than 0.3 million from Europe, and around 0.5 million from the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The remaining votes were from other countries, the officials said.
The officials attributed the drop in votes to Pakistanis being fed up with the current political situation in the country.
Another major reason was that numerous overseas Pakistanis had missed the EC’s deadline.
In a related development, around 2.5 million disabled Pakistani voters have been effectively disenfranchised by the lack of facilities
The EC says that it does not have facilities, such as wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps, to help physically disabled voters on polling day.
There are around four million physically disabled people in the country and around three million of them are registered with the commission. (ANI)

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