President Alvi seeks SC opinion on show of hands for Senate polls

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Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday sought the opinion of the top court on holding the Senate elections through open ballot and show of hands.

A statement by the Press Information Department said that the president approved Prime Minister Imran Khan’s proposal to send a reference to the Supreme Court under Article 186 of the Constitution.

“The president has sought the opinion of the apex court on the premier’s proposal to hold the elections using open ballot/show of hands,” the statement said. In the reference, the president has sought the Supreme Court’s opinion on amending Section 122(6) of the Election Act, 2017 without amending the Constitution, it added.

On Dec 15, the federal government decided to hold elections of the Upper House of Parliament in February and invoke the advisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court on open voting for the polls.

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