The Government of Pakistan has decided to introduce a Constitutional Amendment Bill on Electoral Reforms in Parliament to hold Senate elections through open ballot and to give overseas Pakistanis the right to become members of Parliament.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad along with Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz in this regard, Adviser Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan said that electoral reforms were bringing a constitutional amendment bill to hold Senate elections through open ballot and give overseas Pakistanis the right to become members of parliament.
The first part of the bill uses the word open vote instead of single vote.
After the amendment, anyone with dual citizenship will be able to contest elections. Citizenship must be relinquished before taking the oath after winning the election.
Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz said that the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was convinced that the Senate elections should be transparent at any cost.
“We expelled 20 members of the provincial assembly on suspicion of voting incorrectly in the last election,” he said.
The opposition should play its part in holding transparent Senate elections under the Charter of Democracy.