ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan, while hearing the presidential reference on Senate open balloting, on Friday said that representation of every political party in the elections must be proportional to its votes.

A five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed conducted the hearing and remarked that members of a political party in any provincial assembly can vote for the candidates of their allied parties.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) counsel Raza Rabbani said the purpose to constitute the Senate was to provide equal representation to all provinces, and consensus between both houses in the parliamentarian system is not possible. The hearing was adjourned till Monday. 


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