ISLAMABAD – Senate’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Saturday approved the Election Bill 2017 and sent it to the Upper House for approval.
Chaired by Senator Javed Abbasi, the committee reviewed Election Bill 2017 clause by clause and the members recommended different amendments.
After approval of the Election bill by the Senate, it will be re-sent to the National Assembly and will formally become law, after the bill is approved by the assembly.
Last month, the National Assembly had passed Election Bill 2017 for “free and fair polls” next year.
The Bill moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid was passed by the lower house of Parliament which is dominated by PML-N amidst criticism from the opposition for ignoring a number of suggestions for necessary amendments to the bill.
The Bill provides to amend, consolidate and unify laws relating to the conduct of elections.
According to the minister, the Bill will help in holding free, fair and transparent elections. He said the main objective of the bill is to strengthen the role of the Election Commission.
“It is a living document (the Election Bill- 2017)…It will surely help making election commission an independent body,” Law Minister Zahid Hamid said concluding a two-day debate on the bill.