No decision taken so far for holding Senate polls through show of hand: ECP

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 18 (Online): Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said no decision has been taken so far for holding Senate polls through show of hand.

“No decision has been taken uptill now for holding Senate polls through show of hand. ECP will follow article 226 of the constitution in connection with Senate polls. Government has not sent any application for holding polls in the month of February. Announcing election schedule is job of election commission and not some one else, this was said by a functionary of ECP to Online on Friday.

He stated that under article 226 of the constitution, all the elections except Prime Minister (PM) and Chief Minister (CM) polls are held through secret balloting and at present this law and constitution will be followed. It is mandatory that the constitutional amendment has to be got approved with two thirds majority for holding Senate polls through show of hand.

He remarked government functionaries are talking about holding Senate polls in February but no final decision has been taken in this regard. ECP will issue Senate election schedule because only ECP is entitled to announce schedule.
On the other hand ministry of parliamentary affairs sources said election can not be held through show of hand without making amendment in the constitution. Single transferable vote will be the basis of the polls,

The sources said 6 polls of Senate took place during the last 20 years and not a single one had taken place in the month of February, he pointed out.

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