Constitutional amendment likely for Pak Senate election

Presiding a meeting of the cabinet, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the authorities concerned to take all possible measures against buying and selling votes.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Tue 24 Feb 2015, 11:28 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:46 PM

Islamabad — Expressing concern over reports of horse trading in the upcoming Senate election, the federal cabinet on Monday set up a committee to explore possibility of amending the constitution to curb the ugly practice.

Presiding a meeting of the cabinet, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the authorities concerned to take all possible measures against buying and selling votes.

The elections to 52 Senate seats, half of the strength of the upper House of Parliament, are due to be held on March 5. All the four provinces have equal representation and provincial assemblies’ members elect the senators.

Apparently responding to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s suggestion of voting by show of hands instead of secret ballot, the cabinet noted that it would require congressional amendment. The premier asked the committee to consult other parliamentary parties on this proposal or find some other legal remedies.

Imran has also called for ultimately moving towards direct election of the Senate, something that has been supported by several other parties and jurists.

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