The government and opposition in the national assembly (NA) have finally agreed to form a joint parliamentary committee on electoral reforms.
Earlier, the opposition leaders of different parties had denied meeting with government officials on the subject after Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan claimed so during a presser on Monday.
During the presser, Dr Babar Awan had claimed that government and opposition members agreed on the formation of a panel comprising legislators from NA and Senate last week.
However, the opposition members of PPP and PML-N had denied any such sitting.
Now, it has been confirmed that a joint parliamentary panel will deliberate on electoral reforms before the two controversial bills are presented in the assembly.
The electoral reforms committee will be formed after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had raised 37 objections on holding the next general elections using electronic voting machines (EVMs).
The parliamentary representatives from the treasury and the opposition met National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in Parliament House on Tuesday evening where matters related to electoral reforms came under discussion.
اپوزیشن اور حکومتی رہنماؤں سے ملاقات میں مجوزہ انتخابی اصلاحات پر تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔ملاقات میں پارلیمانی کمیٹی کے قیام کا فیصلہ کیا گیا۔کمیٹی دونوں ایوانوں کے اراکین پر مشتمل ہوگی اور انتخابی اصلاحات کا جائزہ لے کر اپنی سفارشات پیش کرے گی۔ pic.twitter.com/jBIG4nzZ6a
— Asad Qaiser (@AsadQaiserPTI) September 21, 2021
The parliamentarians included Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood; JUI-F MNA Shahida Akthar Ali, PPP MNA Naveed Qamar, and PML-N’s Rana Tanvir Hussain and Murtaza Javed Abbasi.
It has been decided that NA Speaker Asad Qaiser will nominate the members of the committee after consulting the parliamentary leaders of all parties.
The development has paved the way that the government and opposition might reach a consensus on holding the next general elections which are more transparent and free than past.