ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has signed the 20th Amendment bill, Express News reported on Tuesday.
The amendment bill was earlier passed by Senate almost unanimously on February 20, with 74 votes in favour and two against. The bill was also approved by the National Assembly.
The bill will allow for parliamentarians, currently in limbo, to be restored and for an interim set-up to be constituted to oversee the next general elections.
Reservations on bill
Professor Khursheed Ahmed and Professor Ibrahim Khan of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) had voted against the amendment. They cited the bill’s proposed legislation to empower the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to formulate the interim setup as the reason for their negative vote.