Dilemma of horse-trading ahead of Senate elections

Parliamentary Boards of major political parties after conducting interviews of the intending candidates have finalized the list of candidates to contest the Senate election. Different political parties are also contacting other parties for seat adjustments.

Heads of various political parties accused each other of horse-trading as members of few political parties vote to the members of other political parties. PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday urged political parties to agree on open balloting for the upcoming Senate elections to curb horse-trading. In order to substantiate his point of horse-trading and bribes in Senate election, the PTI chief said, “Someone has offered Rs150 million as donation to ShaukatKhanumHospital for a party ticket.” Responding to a question, he said that the PTI would take serious action and even put its own party members behind bars if allegations of bribe to vote for a particular senate candidate are proved. Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Sirajul Haq said that darkening the future of the nation through sale and purchase of votes was also a form of terrorism.

It is also a dilemma that whenever the Senate elections were held, the allegations of horse trading were leveled by various quarters so it was pertinent to introduce open balloting for it, to do that constitutional hurdles can be removed with political consensus. It is ironic that some will be successful to make into the Senate by violating the article 62, 63 of the constitution and would do the legislation for the masses.

Some in the favour of the secret ballot says that it is the charm of the democracy that gives the opportunity to freely exercise the right to vote. But we believed that freedom to express the right of vote should not be used to defame the democracy. Parliamentarians must think in the comfort of their backyard that they were sent in the corridors of the parliament to secure the rights of people and not to make fun of the constitution.


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