Govt offers four Senate seats to opposition from Balochistan: sources

Dunya News

Opposition has demanded five seats from Balochistan

QUETTA (Dunya News) – Government alliance has offered four seats to opposition from Balochistan in upcoming elections of the upper house of parliament, sources said.

Sources have claimed that opposition has demanded five seats including three general and one each from seats reserved for women and technocrats.

Leaders of opposition alliance have said that government will be at disadvantage if it refuses to accept proposition of the opposition.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP), in its opinion on the presidential reference on open Senate vote has said that Senate elections will be held through secret ballot.

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 emphasized 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".