Govt tables bill for open balloting in senate elections amid ruckus in NA

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ISLAMABAD – The federal government on Wednesday tabled the 26th constitutional amendment bill in the National Assembly that seeks open balloting in the Senate elections amid sloganeering and protest by opposition parties.

Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem presented the bill, saying: “We are introducing the bill for amending Constitution, not stealing the election”.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan while speaking about the bill said that the PTI and its ally parties are the first parties to take practical steps to curb horse trading in Senate polls.

He highlighted that the opposition was refusing the proposal for open balloting despite the Charter of democracy signed by the leaders of the PPP and PML-N leaders.

Awan revealed that the government also aimed at introducing an amendment to Article 63 (1) (c) to allow dual nationals to contest elections.

Last week, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice had approved the bill titled “The Constitution (Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2020” in just half an hour.