ECP gives right of vote to one million AJK people: Akram Shah
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): President, Pakistan Peoples Party, Azad Kashmir, Punjab Unit, Syed Muhammad Akram Shah said on Wednesday that Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has given the right of vote to one million people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in the elections of the Parliament in Pakistan. He said this while addressing a press conference here at National Press Club and added that people of AJK thanked Election Commission, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and officials from NADRA on their positive attitude.
He said that they are holding National Identity cards and Passports issued by the Government of Pakistan and they are bonafide citizens of Pakistan under section 14-B of Pakistan Citizenship Act 1951.
He said “the matter being of immense importance, ECP called Attorney General to address the commission on the point and Attorney General supported the view that section 14-B of Pakistan Citizenship Act 1951 does not make a distinction between the people of AJK and therefore state citizens if they fulfill the requisite of section 6(2) of the Electoral Rolls Act, 1974 are entitled to cast their votes in any election to the National and Provincial Assemblies”.
He said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also have no objection to voting by AJK domiciled individuals residing in Pakistan and holding Pakistan National Identity Cards.
He said after a dialogue between different ministries ECP accept the application and directed all provincial Election Commissioners to issue instructions to the enumerators,verifying Officers and AROs to enroll the citizens of AJK on the fresh Electoral Rolls whose process is still in continuation provided they fulfill the conditions of Section 6 and 7 of the Electoral Rolls Act, 1974.