SC issues order regarding reference on Senate elections

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday issued a written order regarding a reference sent to the apex court by President Arif Alvi regarding Senate elections.
The president had sent the reference to seek an opinion from the apex court under article 188 of the constitution.
Seeking an opinion about holding the upcoming Senate polls through open ballot, the government has sought the opinion of the court if the issue can be decided without amending the constitution and introducing an amendment in section 122 (vi) of the Election Act 2017.
The SC in its written order has issued notices to advocate generals, chairman Senate, speakers of the national and provincial assemblies and Election Commission of Pakistan.
A public notice on the hearing of the reference would also be issued, the written order read while further directing all respondents to submit their replies in written before the apex court. The top court further asked any other stakeholder who wanted to become part of the proceedings to submit their written recommendations to them within two weeks.
The Supreme Court further set January 11 as the date of the next hearing for the reference.
It is pertinent to mention here that a five-judge larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Yahya Afridi, heard the reference on January 4.