Asma opposes change to Senate vote mechanism

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LAHORE: Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jahangir on Thursday described the recent outburst of political leadership on holding a secret ballot for the Senate election as a unique spectacle of mistrust and ignorance. In a statement issued here, she said a political figure called for show of hands for the Senate elections which could not happen as these elections carry a list of preferences for voting purpose.“Others have also fallen in line and are asking for an open ballot thus violating the basic principles of secrecy and sanctity of the ballot. Amazingly, a parliament whose members go through the rigours of qualifying “ameen” and honest, are not trusted by their leaders.