President Dr. Arif Alvi returned an unsigned bill on Sunday seeking to reverse controversial changes to election laws made by the previous PTI government regarding the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and i-voting for overseas Pakistanis, claiming that the proposed changes were “regressive” in nature.
Last month, the National Assembly and Senate passed the measure, along with one on NAB modifications. Only the president’s assent was required for it to become law after it received approval from both houses. Following Alvi’s rejection of the legislation, the administration called a joint session of the NA and Senate on June 9 to debate the bills, which were adopted the same day.
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Bills are presented to the president again for his assent once the joint sitting has passed them. It shall be deemed given if the president does not offer his approval within 10 days.
Despite this, Alvi returned the unsigned elections reform bill today.