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Senate election under present system will encourage horse trading: SC

The Supreme Court (SC) while hearing the Presidential Reference for holding Senate election through open ballot remarked that election under current system would promote horse trading, an amended should be made in the Article 63A to punish those who vote against the party.

The Court remarked that if there is no disqualification for voting against the party, then what is the problem. During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed remarked that the conduct of Senate election under the existing system meant that the buying and selling of members would continue.

In a statement to the court, the attorney general said the government believed the amendment to the Election Act was sufficient. It was feared that the entire Senate election would be annulled. He sought the opinion of the court so that legal issues would not arise later, adding that the vote of a member of the Assembly is the trust of the people and the party.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial while giving remarks raised the question that a lot has been changed in the 18th amendment, the secret ballot of the Senate has not been changed, what was the reason for this.

In his answer the Attorney General said that this was my concern.

Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that why the Senate elections are secret, what the argument in support of this is.

During the reference hearing, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that on what basis they would oppose the open ballot. Opposition to the open ballot is intended to keep the current system running. The operation of the existing system means that the buying and selling of members continues.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till tomorrow.  

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