*ISLAMABAD - A new era in the politics of Pakistan begins today as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) starts process of online registration of the overseas Pakistanis as voters.*
*For the first time in history of Pakistan the overseas Pakistanis are allowed to vote in the elections process.*
*The process will continue till September 15.*
Talking to media in the federal capital, ECP official Nadeem Qasim said expatriate Pakistanis possessing valid machine-readable passports (MRP) and National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) can get them registered as voters.
He said the online registration system has been developed in collaboration with NADRA.
To a question, he said it is a pilot project and the overseas Pakistanis can get them registered as voters to exercise their right to franchise in the upcoming by-elections in the country.
Qasim said over 700,000 overseas Pakistanis will be able to get their vote registered through the newly developed system.
The ECP is scheduled to conduct by-polls on 11 National Assembly and 26 provincial assembly seats on October 14