JUI-F challenges Presidential reference on open ballot in Supreme Court

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

08th Feb, 2021. 12:33 pm
Supreme Court

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) has challenged the Presidential reference on open ballot in Supreme Court of Pakistan.

According to the details, JUI (F) has filed a plea in the apex court challenging the Presidential reference on open ballot in the upcoming senate elections

JUI in its plea, termed the presidential ordinance as irrational and unconstitutional and said that the ordinance was borne out of malicious intent.

The plea, while requesting the Supreme Court to declare the ordinance null and void, argued that the step of government sabotages autonomy of Supreme Court of Pakistan and Parliament.

Earlier while talking to journalists, JUI-F’s Central Deputy Secretary Maulana Muhammad Amjad Khan said that his party will move the court against the presidential ordinance. He maintained that they were consulting with legal and constitutional experts in this regard.

JUI-F’s central general council has been convened on 2nd of March in Sukkur to discuss the current political situation of the county, he said, adding that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will brief the meeting.

It is pertinent to mention here that the President Dr Arif Alvi on February 6 had signed Elections (Amendment) ordinance 2021 that would pave way for the organization of Senate elections through the open ballot.

According to the Ordinance, a copy of which available with ARY News, changes had been brought to Sections 81, 122 and 185 of the Constitution.

Senate Elections 2021

The 2021 Pakistani Senate election will be held on or before 6 March 2021.

52 of the 104 Senators will be retiring on 5 March 2021. After the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA seats were abolished and there will be no election on 4 of the 8 seats. The rest of the 4 seats will also not be renewed in 2024.

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