The Pakistani government decided to change the constitution for Senate elections | Instant News


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cabinet has decided to submit a bill in parliament to change the constitution to hold Senate elections through open voting.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“That government want the vote (Senate) to be held transparently and without the horse trade. This is why we want Senate elections to be held by open vote, “Information Minister Shibli Faraz told the media after the meeting.
He said that in Senate elections money was used in the past and the votes bought made house elections a joke. He asks what’s the use of an upper house where people come through vote buying.
Faraz also said that those who opposed the proposed move forgot that his own party had demanded an open vote in the past.
“The government will present the constitutional amendment bill in parliament so that the Senate vote will be conducted through an open vote,” he said.
The government has submitted a petition to Supreme Court, seeking direction to hold upcoming Senate elections by open ballot. The decision is pending.
Meanwhile, Dawn quoted a Cabinet member as saying that Prime Minister Khan commissioned his parliamentary affairs adviser Babar Awan to draft the bill in National Assembly Senate elections by open voting when its advisor briefs on the government’s referral status at the Supreme Court.
Awan said the government had put two bills “Bill on Amendments to the Constitution and Bill on Election Reform” in parliament on the basis of the law that it wanted to be carried out for an open vote.
The cabinet member said Awan had held a meeting of his ministry and his legislative branch to draw up a road map on how to proceed with the matter in parliament.
It has been proposed that since the Senate vote cannot be held by hand, each voter must indicate his preference on the ballot. Therefore, to make sure voters’ identities are exposed, voters should be asked to say their name on the back of the ballot paper, according to the Dawn newspaper.
Senate elections will be held in the first half of next month and Pakistani ruler Tehreek-I-Insaf is concerned that his own members may vote for gay party policies, according to the opposition party which opposes the move.

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