Senate polls: Sh Rashid terms SC's opinion on presidential reference as constitutional

Senate polls: Sh Rashid terms SC’s opinion on presidential reference as constitutional


Islamabad: Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid on Monday has termed the opinion of Supreme Court (SC) on presidential reference regarding Senate elections as constitutional and according to the law.

The minister expressed the hope that the Senate polls now become interesting.

He claimed that the Federal Minister of Finance and Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafiz Sheikh, will win from Islamabad, while other provinces are considering options.

The reaction came after SC, in its opinion on the presidential reference on open Senate vote, said that the elections in the upper house of the Parliament will be held through secret ballot under the article 226 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The Supreme Court has instructed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to use the latest technology to stop corruption, and all agencies should assist ECP in holding elections.

It is to be mentioned here that a total of 170 candidates had filed their nomination papers in the ECP for the polls on 48 seats in the upper house of the Parliament. 29 candidates from Punjab, 39 from Sindh, 51 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 41 from Balochistan and 10 from the federal capital Islamabad had submitted their details.

Voting for the Senate election will be held on March 3 at the Parliament Building and the four provincial assemblies in Islamabad.

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