15 Feb 2012

Pakistan to allow offshore voting

7:30 am on 15 February 2012

Pakistan is extending the right to vote in general elections to overseas nationals.

It is expected to affect an estimated 3.7 million Pakistanis now living abroad.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Election Commission, which is still debating how to implement the new right - whether, for example, to allow people to vote by post or to introduce polling booths in embassies.