SC opinion not a win, defeat for anyone: N

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Staff Reporter

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday said that the opinion of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on presidential reference on open Senate balloting is not a victory or defeat for anyone.

While reacting to the apex court’s opinion, she said that it is the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to make polls transparent and it is the job of the parliament to amend the constitution.

Talking to a private TV channel, the PML-N spokeswoman said that the government is trying to twist the SC’s verdict.

PML-N supported open balloting for the election of the Chairman Senate but on that occasion, PTI stole votes and Imran Khan was celebrating the win.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP), in its opinion on the presidential reference on open Senate vote has said that Senate elections will be held through a secret ballot.

The majority opinion (4-1) of the apex court, stated that elections of the upper house of the parliament are held under article 226 of the constitution of Pakistan.

The apex court has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to use the latest technologies to stop corrupt practices and emphasized that all institutions were bound to follow the ECP.

The top court, however, also said that the secrecy of the ballot papers was “not absolute”.