To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain – Louis L’Amour
Call it a struggling democracy, call it a crippled democracy but the fact of the matter is that Pakistan, for the first time in its history, is heading towards a 2nd consecutive democratic change of government. And as they say that even the worst of democracy is better than the best of dictatorship, this indeed is a step in the right direction.
But with every step we take in the right direction, there are always people in the society who try to dispute it. This time, it has come from people who are misguiding overseas Pakistanis regarding their voting rights. A fake image has been circulating on social media which is nothing more than a farce, even the website mentioned in it is non-existant.
The National Database Regulatory Authority’s (Nadra) spokesperson was quick to clarify these rumors and in a brief statement, he said that
“Overseas Pakistanis will not be allowed to vote on July 25, the Supreme Court of Pakistan is yet to decide on granting online voting rights to Pakistanis living abroad.”
Voting rights for overseas Pakistanis was an issue which caused a lot of uproar in the last elections but as soon as the dust settled, all parties went into a slumber and did nothing to facilitate Pakistanis residing abroad to take part in the elections.
Having said all this, the fate of our country rests in our own hands. If we don’t go out and vote today, then we have no moral right to criticize the Government. Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.