SC to announce verdict in Senate elections open ballot case on March 1
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The Supreme Court (SC) will announce its verdict it had reserved in the presidential reference, seeking holding of Senate elections via open ballot on Monday (March 1), reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.
A five-member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed, had reserved the verdict on Thursday (February 25).
Quoting sources, the channel reported that the verdict would be pronounced in an open court.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led federal government had filed a reference in the Supreme Court on December 23, 2020 under Article 186 of the constitution, in which it had sought apex court’s interpretation of the issue of holding the Senate elections through open ballot/show of hands.
The move came after the federal cabinet had decided to seek the Supreme Court’s opinion on the issue with a stated aim of bringing transparency to the Senate election process – a suggestion rejected by the opposition which believed it was meant for stopping possible defections in the ruling party and alliance.
In this connection, the opposition says that a constitutional amendment is required to change the polling mechanism.