On May 26, 2022, Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a bill to abolish election reforms passed by the government of former prime minister Imran Khan that gave overseas Pakistanis the right to vote through the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs). On May 27, the Senate officially passed the elections (amendment) bill, reversing EVM use and, in turn, overseas voting.

The use of EVMs has been much debated in Pakistani politics over the past decade. The skills needed to operate the untested machines led the current government to reconsider its country-wide launch. However, some argue that these amendments are intended to deprive overseas Pakistanis from voting in the upcoming general elections. Questions thus loom about whether overseas voters will regain their right to vote, either through the use of EVMs or other more reliable mechanisms.

Please join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) on Thursday, August 4 at 5:00 p.m. ET for an in-person conversation about the history, politicization, and future of overseas voting in Pakistan.

This event was recorded on Thursday, August 4.

Opening remarks

Featuring

Dawood Ghazanavi
Barrister
Supreme Court of Pakistan

Sahar Khan
Research Fellow
CATO Institute

Moderated by

Closing remarks

Zainab Zeb Khan
Founder/Chairwoman
MALA

Kalid Loul
Founder/Chairman
MALA

Maha Khan
Chairwoman
MALA

The South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on the region as well as relations between these countries, neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States.

This event is in partnership with the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA), a civic and community organization committed to promoting individual freedom and diversity, and to celebrating Muslim American heritage.