Key clauses of electoral reforms bill rejected

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The Senate Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Friday after one-sided voting by opposition members rejected key amendments to the Elections Act.

They include allowing e-voting, holding open Senate elections, giving Pakistanis living abroad the right to vote via internet and parliamentarians vacating their seats if they did not take oath within 60 days.

This comes as a major blow to the government’s plan to move ahead with holding the next elections using electronic voting machines (EVMs) and e-voting.

The committee met under the chairmanship of PPP MNA Taj Haider to review the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

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