Hearing the case pertaining to the voting right of overseas Pakistanis, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the interim government to make legislation through ordinance as per the needs of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

A three-member bench of apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the case on Wednesday.

During the course of proceedings, the ECP presented a report stating that it was not possible to provide voting right to overseas Pakistanis during the upcoming elections.

The counsel for ECP said that the commission had no issues if the government can make proper arrangements for the Pakistanis abroad.

The chief justice remarked that the court had suggested to make arrangements for 10 polling stations only, adding that no step has been taken for its implementation by the commission.

The CJP further suggested that 10 session judges can also be sent abroad to conduct polling. The counsel told the court that legislation was required for giving voting right to overseas Pakistanis.

Issuing interim order, the court said that the caretaker government should make legislation through ordinance according to the requirements of election commission, adding that foreign ministry can be contacted for the establishment of polling stations abroad. The court also directed to complete the arrangements before general elections.