ISLAMABAD: Major progress has been made regarding the Senate elections to be held in February or March next year, where the reference for holding the Senate elections through open ballot has been set for hearing in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

According to details, a five-member bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan will convene on January 4. The Supreme Court has also issued notice to the Attorney General on the reference of the President.

A preliminary hearing on the reference will be held on January 4 at 1 p.m.

The government had on December 23 filed a reference in the Supreme Court under Article 186 after the approval of the President. ۔

In the reference, the government had taken the position that secret ballot is elected for the President, Speaker, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Senate election will be by secret ballot or open ballot? This is a question of public interest.

In the constitutional petition filed in the Supreme Court, the government was of the view that political parties, legislators, and civil society were of the view that the elections should be transparent. It should be free from evil and transparent. Stopping the purchase of votes by open ballot has been the manifesto of major political parties. The reference was signed.

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It may be recalled that in a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 15, the federal government had decided to approach the Supreme Court for Senate elections.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the show-of-hand method was being adopted to stop alleged horse-trading in the Senate elections.

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