Govt considers holding Senate election in February, decides to approach EC

Govt considers holding Senate election in February, decides to approach EC

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Islamabad: The government has decided to hold the Senate elections in February instead of March, and has decided to consult with the Election Committee and seek the opinion of the Supreme Court.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to make the Senate elections transparent. Senate elections will be held in or before March next year.

Briefing the media after the federal cabinet meeting, he said that there are always allegations of horse trading in the Senate elections. It has been decided that guideline will be taken from the Supreme Court for the show of hands. No government has ever held a Senate election from a show of hands. Hopefully we will get guidelines from the Supreme Court, he added.

Shibli Faraz said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has expelled 20 members from the party due to the Senate election.

On the other hand, PTI leader Dr Babar Awan has said in a statement that the show of hands would be beneficial to stop horse trading in the Senate elections.

Babar Awan said that if the Supreme Court issues an opinion, there is no need for legislation. The Cabinet has decided to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court.

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