PM summons parliamentary leaders for meeting on Senate polls

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday convened a meeting of the parliamentary leaders for thoughts on how to make the Senate elections transparent, said a report published on Radio Pakistan.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while talking to media representatives on Thursday evening, along with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen, said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PTI are on the same page when it comes to restraining horse-trading in the upcoming Senate elections.

Jehangir Tareen had added that PTI would support all efforts of the government for working towards transparent elections in Pakistan.

Also read: Govt drafts ‘anti-horse trading’ amendment

The government has drafted an amendment bill to bring crucial changes to the Constitution in a bid to hold the upcoming elections to 52 Senate seats in a manner that will end the “undemocratic practice of horse-trading”.

Three new amendments are being considered to allow changes in existing procedures and rules for conducting election for senate seats. The proposed act will be called the Constitution (22nd Amendment) Act, 2015.

The draft suggests that elections to the Senate will be held through open voting instead of the secret ballot that is currently in vogue.