Senate polls: Alvi seeks court opinion on show of hands

Senate polls: Alvi seeks court opinion on show of hands

Under the article 186 of the Constitution, the federal government on Wednesday sought the opinion of the Supreme Court on holding the Senate elections through open ballot and show of hands.

"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.

Out of 104, 52 members of the upper house will complete their six years term on March 11.

The forthcoming elections are, therefore, crucial for the government to secure a majority in the house where polls are held every three years when the term of half of the senators expires.

 “If Section 122(6) of the Elections Act, 2017 was amended through an ordinance before the commencement of the election schedule by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the elections to the Senate could be held through open voting instead of secret ballot,” said Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan.