Government bill to bring transparency in Senate elections: LOH Senator Dr Shahzad Waseem
ISLAMABAD, Feb 04 (APP):Leader of the House in Senate Shahzad Waseem Thursday said the government presented bill in the Parliament to bring transparency in the Senate elections and end the unfair practices of the past regimes.
Speaking in the Senate, he said it was a reality that elections in the Senate in the past were not transparent and there were incidents of horse trading and buying of votes.
The government and the opposition had to decide to end these unfair practices, he said adding after the previous election of Chairman Senate, the opposition should have identified those who changed their loyalties.
He recalled that Prime Minister Imran Khan removed 20 members of his party from the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to allegations that they sold their votes in the Senate elections.
The opposition parties while signing the charter of democracy agreed that all indirect and Senate elections should be held through open and identifiable votes, he continued.
Shahzad said the government wanted to change the law and approached the Supreme Court and presented a bill in the National Assembly to ensure transparency in the elections.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted transparency in the Senate elections,” he said adding unfair practices were also used in the election of Balochistan.
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He said there was a nexus between corruption and politics and there was a vicious cycle of fake accounts and corrupt practices by godfathers and mafias.
“We have to break this vicious cycle. I request the opposition to set good traditions to increase the dignity of the members and the Senate.”