Barring women from casting vote is corrupt practice: Senate

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Islamabad—Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs Monday approved an amendment in Representation of People Act according to which preventing women from casting vote would be considered a corrupt practice.
The committee unanimously proposed amendment in section 78-A-2 of Representation of People Act and declared that ‘if someone stops women from vote or manages to stop women from casting voting, it would be considered a corrupt practice and Election Commission would have powers to take action against responsible.’
The committee also approved another amendment in Section 103-AA of the law according to which decision of the Election Commission regarding women voting would only be challenged in the Supreme Court.
The committee meeting was held under the convenership of Senator Farooq Hamid Naek at Parliament House here.
Discussing the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced by Senator Sherry Rehman, Senator Farooq H Naek said amendment in law was a very important issue and needed to be looked into minutely.
The committee said full participation of women in election process would strengthen the democratic process. A member of the sub-committee Senator Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi said that change in the law was an important milestone to ensure voting rights of women.
Meanwhile, it is reported that Sub-Committee of the Senate Committee on Delegated Legislation Monday sought a detailed report from Ministry of Information Technalogy and Telecommunication regarding the rules and regulations of its eight departments.
The senate body met here under the chairmanship of Senator Daud Khan Achakzai and attended by other committee members.
The officials from Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoIT) briefed the committee regarding its rules, regulations, notifications and SROs in pursuance of existing Acts of Parliament.
Senator Daud Khan Achakzai noted the weaknesses in rules and regulations of the attached departments of the ministry and said the committee wanted to help for legislations in this regard.
He directed the ministry to provide a detailed report in this regard within one week. The committee decided to conduct meetings of the senate body on weekly basis to view the rules and regulations of every department. Committee Convener, Daud Khan Achakzai also expressed displeasure over the absence of Minister of State and Secretary MoIT and said the date for the meeting was fixed with the consultation of ministry.
He said the Minister and Secretary of concerned ministry should ensure their attendance in next meeting.—APP