Proposed amendment for open ballot voting moves forward in Pakistan

27 January
Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan (photo credit: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/flickr)
Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan (photo credit: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/flickr)
Pakistan’s federal cabinet on Tuesday decided to table a bill in Parliament to amend the Constitution so that Senate elections could be conducted via open-ballot, rather than the existing secret vote. “The government wants [Senate] polls to be held in a transparent manner and without horse-trading. This is why we want them to be held through open ballot so everyone knows who is voting for whom,” Information Minister Shibli Faraz said in a post-meeting press conference. “It is a fact of history that in Senate elections, money is doled out and people and votes are bought. … What is the point of an Upper House in which people come through purchasing votes?” he said, pointing out that the opposition had in the past also demanded open ballots.
Read the full article here: Newsweek Pakistan

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