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Supreme Court’s major decision has come to light, Senate elections to be held through secret ballot.

ISLAMABAD (REPORTBEAT) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan, while commenting on the Senate election open ballot presidential reference, said that the Senate elections will be secret. The court ruled on the Senate election by a four-to-one majority. Justice Yahya Afridi disagreed with the verdict.

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

The apex court has directed Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to use latest technologies to stop corrupt practices and emphasised 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”.

On last Thursday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had reserved its opinion over the presidential reference on mode of balloting in the Senate election. A five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case.

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