During the hearing of the presidential reference to holding the Senate elections through open ballot, the Attorney General said in his arguments that people vote for the magical personality of the leaders.
The hearing on the presidential reference for holding Senate elections by open ballot was held under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed.
Giving arguments, Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan said that it was being said that if the Senate elections were to be held by open ballot, then the chairman of the Senate should be the same.
He said that the procedure for election of Chairman Senate is contained in the Constitution, if the Chairman Senate is to be elected by open ballot then constitutional amendment would be required. In India, Chairman Senate and Vice President are elected by secret ballot.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed asked whether people vote for the party or its manifesto. On which the Attorney General said that most people vote for the magical personality of the leaders, people used to vote for him inspired by the personality of Quaid-e-Azam but in principle both the party and the manifesto should get votes.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that what is the magic thing with PTI? Did people vote for the best personality and good clothes?
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan remarked that the vote is given to the party and not to the individual candidate, to which the Attorney General said that when Indira Gandhi violated the Constitution, the people rejected it.
Khalid Javed Khan said that people ask in elections how many promises have been fulfilled, to which Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that publication of party manifesto is also legally necessary.
Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan said that voters do not have complete freedom in the Senate, to which Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that he was referring to Indian decisions, Article 226 of the Indian Constitution does not provide for secret ballot.
The Attorney General said that the Indian Constitution mentions separately whether or not there is a secret for every election. Article 226 does not mention that all elections are by secret ballot. According to Article 226, elections under the Constitution will be secret. ۔
The Chief Justice inquired whether the framers of the Constitution did not know about the Senate elections. On which the Attorney General said that the sale of open voting is today, not before, in 1973 it will not even be known that people will bring bags full of notes.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that the situation is not as simple as you are saying while Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that if democracy had been maintained, money might not have flowed in politics like this.
Attorney General Khalid Javed said that he would complete the arguments by tomorrow on which the court ordered Advocate General Sindh to appear and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.