Sanjrani endorses presidential reference for Senate polls via open ballot

By: News Desk      Published: 11:05 PM, 22 Jan, 2021
Sanjrani endorses presidential reference for Senate polls via open ballot
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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Friday endorsed a presidential reference seeking Senate elections through open ballot

In his reply, which he submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Sanjrani said the constitution was silent on the ballot procedure for the Senate elections and it was purely Supreme Court’s job to interpret the constitution. He said that all stakeholders agreed on the point that Senate elections should be transparent. If someone wants to vote against his party, he said, he should show courage, vote against his own party and then face the consequences. 

Sanjrani said that a debate was held on rigging and sale and purchase of votes before the Senate elections of 2015. Later, he said, a Senate committee was set up to give recommendations on the issue. He said that he had submitted the Senate committee’s recommendations to the Supreme Court along with his reply. He said that a free and fair Senate election would be in the interest of the country. He said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) too was bound like other stakeholders to hold a free and fair Senate election.