Transparent elections possible only through electronic voting machines

Lahore:   Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has said that opposition parties are creating hurdles in way of the overseas Pakistanis’ right to vote. We advise opposition parties to refrain from their policy of “disagreement” to anything. Government is working in good faith for ensuring transparency in upcoming elections.

He stated this while talking to a delegation of overseas Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia led by Dr. Khalid Azeem Khattak on Friday. He said that giving the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis will further strengthen democracy in Pakistan and overseas Pakistanis will play their role in the development and prosperity of the country with more enthusiasm, adding that unfortunately the opposition parties are obstructing the overseas Pakistanis right to vote from day one which is in no way a service to Overseas Pakistanis, and democracy. Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that the government has been inviting all political parties to discuss the issue of electoral reforms from day one but the opposition didn’t agree, adding that the opposition parties ought to talk with the government on the issue of reforms so that the next general elections in the country can be made transparent.

Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that people have been pointing fingers at all the elections held in Pakistan, but the government wants the next general elections to be made so transparent that even the losing candidate cannot raise finger on its transparency. There is no other option than electoral reform and electronic voting machine to hold transparent elections.

Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar further said that public-private partnership is very important for the development of the country. He said that the current government has saved Pakistan from economic bankruptcy. GSP Plus status has benefited Pakistan of over 24 billion dollars. He said that the doors of the Governor House are open for the public and the government is solving their problems on priority basis.

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