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Govt to table Bill for changing Senate elections procedure

The government has announced that it will table a bill in Parliament to change the procedure of Senate elections. The word ‘open vote’ has been used in the amendment instead of ‘single transferable vote’.

Babar Awan said the bill would introduce three constitutional amendments and the government would welcome all opposition parties who support the bill. 

The Bill proposes an amendment to Article 63-1C and states that even a dual citizen will be able to contest Senate elections, however, foreign citizenship must be relinquished before taking oath.

Addressing a press conference with the Federal Minister for Information in Islamabad, Dr. Babar Awan said that till date no party has pushed legislation to make Senate elections more transparent. PTI will introduce the bill in Parliament next week but those who operate through back doors will oppose it, he added.

Information Minister Shibli Faraz has said that 20 KPK MPs were expelled from the party in the previous government.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Shibli Faraz said that in the past, Senate elections were controversial due to buying and selling of votes.

Shibli Faraz said that the opposition has an opportunity to cooperate for the transparency of the Senate elections.

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