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No punishment for voting against the party: Chief Justice

During the hearing on the presidential reference regarding holding of Senate elections on open ballot in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed remarked that Article 63A does not apply to Senate elections, Article 59 does not mention secret ballot.

Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that if there was no proportional representation in the secret ballot, it would be a violation of the Constitution.

The Attorney General argued that there is no punishment for voting against the party, whoever has to vote against the party should open up, the punishment can only be for buying and selling votes.

The Advocate General Punjab ,while giving the argument,said that he agrees with the arguments of the Attorney General, the mandate was illegally stolen in the past.

He also said that Asif Ali Zardari has said that he will win all the 10 seats. Zardari’s statement is political but contrary to the mandate.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice inquired whether the Election Commission has prepared a guideline for the Senate voters, had it been made for the last election? We have not received any such document from the Election Commission, the lawyer of the Commission should be here.

On this occasion, the Secretary of the Election Commission came to the rostrum, Chief Justice asked him if he has prepared a guideline for the voters.

The Secretary Election Commission apprised the bench that we have prepared a guideline.

The Supreme Court then ordered to bring the copy of guideline for all judges and parties.

The Election Commission submitted copies of the directive to the court.

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