Senate elections to be held as per past practice on March 3.In a statement, the ECP said the decision had been taken due to “time constraints”. A meeting of the Election Commission was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja and was attended by its members — retired justice Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi, retired Justice Irshad Qaiser, Shah Mohammad Jatoi and Nisar Ahmed Durrani.
According to an official notification, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja which was also attended by ECP members Justice (r) Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi, Justice (r) Mrs Irshad Qasir, Shah Muhammad Jatoi and Nisar Ahmed Durrani.
The commission is taking all the possible steps and measures to fulfill its constitutional duty to check that corrupt practices in the Senate polls are guarded against, it stated.
In the light of Supreme Court’s (SC) opinion on presidential reference regarding the polls in the upper house of the Parliament, the ECP is of the view that input may be taken from different professional and technical organizations which may help to conclude upon it. The commission had decided to constitute a committee in this regard which will prepare recommendations regarding use of technology within a period of four weeks, tehn otification further read.