Opp to oppose amendment for holding Senate polls via open ballot 

By: News Desk
Published: 03:13 PM, 30 Jan, 2021
Opp to oppose amendment for holding Senate polls via open ballot 
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The opposition parties have decided to resist planned constitutional amendment by the government to hold Senate elections through the open ballot, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

Quoting sources, the channel reported the Opposition parties vowed to oppose the constitutional amendment in both houses of the parliament.

They also decided to hold consultations prior to the tabling of the amendment bill in the National Assembly.

In an informal chat with the media, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Secretary Information Shazia Marri said the party was bitterly opposed to such a constitutional amendment. “Such an amendment cannot be introduced in haste as elections for the upper house of the parliament are just one month away,” she said, and added the constitution could not be amended merely on somebody’s whims and wishes.

She said the planned legislation showed the government’s bad intentions. “Actually, the government wants to keep an eye on its members through the introduction of the open ballot,” she opined.

Shazia said it was unfortunate that the government did not take the stakeholders into confidence on the bill which it planned to table in the National Assembly next week.

She accused the government of tasking Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar with changing loyalties of opposition members ahead of the Senate elections.

It is pertinent to mention here that all provincial governments, barring the Sindh government, had supported the government’s idea of holding elections for the upper house of the parliament via open ballot.