Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was even ready to face the government for an open Senate vote, said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto here on Monday.

“The government wants to make the Senate elections controversial like the general elections were made controversial,” said Bilawal, adding that the federal government was attempting to do so through ordinances and references.

He said that the “right to secret ballot” was available for every citizen of Pakistan so that no one could impede their right to elect their representative without fear of any reprisal or revenge of any sort.

“My right to secret ballot is being attacked, my MPAs’ right to secret ballot is being attacked,” he said. “We are supportive of electoral reforms but this government does not want it,” added the PPP leader.

Bilawal said that if the government wanted to bring about electoral reforms, it could have done so easily over the past three years it was in power.

“When they got to know the Pakistan Democratic Movement was contesting Senate elections and they knew their MPAs and MNAs were not happy [with the government] they showed a lack of confidence in their own parliamentarians,” he added.


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