Parliamentarians to discuss electoral reforms for GB elections on Sept 28

NA Speaker Asad Qaiser tests negative for coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has called a meeting of the parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly on September 28 to discuss electoral reforms for the upcoming Gilgit Baltistan (GB) elections.

According to a statement, the speaker has written letters to the parliamentary leaders inviting them to attend the meeting.

The speaker in his missive to the parliamentary leaders said that there had been ongoing debates and concerns with regard to holding fair and transparent elections in Pakistan as well as in the context of upcoming elections of the GB Assembly.

“We as representatives of People of Pakistan should effectively address these concerns by proposing suitable mechanisms and amendments in the existing laws, rules and procedures from the apex forum of Parliament,” read the statement.

Asad Qaiser asked them to share proposals for bringing required reforms in the existing electioneering process in Pakistan as well as for the upcoming elections of the GB Assembly to introduce a more robust, fair and transparent election process.

The speaker requested parliamentarians to attend the meeting to share their proposals, concerns and suggest an inclusive mechanism for reforming the election process in the country.

The parliamentary leaders invited to attend the meeting include Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, leader of the Opposition, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The invitation was also sent to Asad Mahmood, Chaudhary, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Federal Minister for Housing and Works, Mohammad Akhtar Mengal, Dr. Khalid Magbool Siddiqui, Khalid Hussain Magsi, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Federal Minister for Railways, Nawabzada Shazain Bugti and Amir Haider Azam.

Earlier, President Dr. Arif Alvi had approved holding general elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. The general elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly will be held on 15th November. The president approved the summary sent by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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