Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Wednesday while hearing the presidential reference on open ballot voting for upcoming senate elections remarked that, “If democracy had been maintained, money might not have flowed in politics.”
According to the details, the bench led by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the presidential reference for holding Senate elections by open ballot.
Giving arguments in court, Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan said that it was being said that if the Senate elections were to be held by open ballot, then the same would be the case with the Chairman Senate.
He said that the procedure for election of Chairman Senate is already mentioned in the present Constitution, however; constitutional amendment will be required if the Chairman Senate is to be elected as well by open ballot.
During the hearing of the reference, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed asked whether people vote for the party or its manifesto. On which the Attorney General said that more people vote for the talismanic personality of the leaders.
Attorney General said that People used to vote for Quaid-e-Azam because of his personality, but in principle both the party and the manifesto should get votes.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed questioned that what is the talismanic thing with the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)? He questioned did people vote for PTI by inspiring with personality and good clothes?
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan during the hearing remarked that the vote is given to the party, not to the individual candidate.
Khalid Jawed Khan argued that people now ask how many promises have been fulfilled that were made during elections. On which Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that publication of party manifesto is also legally necessary.
The Chief Justice inquired whether the framers of the Constitution did not know about the Senate elections. To which Attorney General replied that horse trading was not in practice during early elections. Justice Ejaz-ul-Ahsan said that if democracy had been maintained, money might not have flowed in politics like this.
Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan said that he would complete the arguments by tomorrow to which the court ordered Advocate General Sindh to appear before the court and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.