Five-judge SC bench to hear reference about Senate polling on Jan 4

By: News Desk      Published: 02:46 PM, 29 Dec, 2020
Five-judge SC bench to hear reference about Senate polling on Jan 4

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has fixed a date for hearing a reference filed by the federal government under Article 186 seeking interpretation on the issue of holding the Senate elections through open ballot/show of hands, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

The federal government over a week ago had filed the reference in the apex court which has now fixed it for hearing on January 4 at 1pm.

A five-judge larger bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmad will conduct the hearing of the reference.

Earlier, President Arif Alvi had signed the reference, seeking the Supreme Court’s opinion on bringing necessary changes to Section 122(6) of Election Act 2017 for the purpose without any constitutional amendment. 

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 is meant for stopping possible defections in the ruling party and alliance. 

In this connection, the opposition had said that a constitutional amendment was required to change the polling mechanism.