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Senate election ordinance borne out of malicious intent: Raza Rabbani

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PPP chief and former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani. Photo: File/Geo.television

KARACHI: Senior PPP chief and former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani on Sunday mentioned that the PTI-led authorities didn’t seek the advice of the  Opposition earlier than drafting the modification invoice of the Senate elections, including that the election ordinance signed by President Arif Alvi is borne out of “malicious intent.”

He was talking throughout a press convention in Karachi alongside different PPP leaders, together with Senator Sherry Rehman. 

During the convention, Rabbani mentioned that the  PTI-led authorities didn’t maintain any dialogue with the Opposition relating to the modification  and is making the Senate elections “controversial.”

“The law allows us to challenge this ordinance in court. The cabinet is blind and it seems it cannot read the Constitution,” Rabbani mentioned, based on Geo.television

Adding to Rabbani’s level, PPP Senator Sherry Rehman mentioned that the PTI authorities has issued ordinances relating to the Senate elections “overnight”, including that the move is an “attack on the Constitution and the parliament.”

“Why did the government introduce an amendment only one month before the Senate polls? Sherry Rehman questioned, per Geo.tv. “Issuing ordinances in a single day on this means is an assault on the Constitution in addition to the parliament.”

Govt responds to PPP’s criticism

In response to PPP’s criticism, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said that it was late Benazir Bhutto who had stipulated the idea of open-ballot voting for Senate elections in the Charter of Democracy.

 “Why bringing an finish to the ‘horse-trading’ custom inflicting the PPP a lot ache?”  he questioned. 

President ratifies Elections (Amendment) Ordinance 2021

President Arif Alvi on Saturday signed the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 to pave the way for Senate elections to be held via an “open and identifiable poll”.

According to the Ordinance, changes have been brought to Sections 81, 122 and 185 of the Elections Act, 2017.

The Ordinance will come into effect “without delay” and “prolong to the entire of Pakistan”.

It has been made subject to a pending opinion by the Supreme Court on a presidential reference in the matter.

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