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Pakistan's Ruling Party Gains Control of Upper House in Poll

08 March, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Policemen walk past in front of the Pakistan Parliament House

The ECP has taken several decisions to ensure vote privacy during the elections.

While the move is an anticipated one, keeping in view that FATA senators tend to tilt towards the ruling party after elections, it is pertinent to note that parliamentarians from the PML-N had abstained from voting in Senate polls for FATA held on March 3.

The ECP had given all controlling officers powers of magistrate who can suspend the electoral process in case of irregularity.

The Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif also shared his happiness in Twitter over two back-to-back victories of PML-N in Senate Elections and Sargodha by-election, and expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for them.

Despite the PPP's decline in Senate to a total of 21 seats, the party is aiming to take the slots of chairman and deputy chairman with the help of allies and independents.

These sources said that the party would bring a firebrand person with unflinching loyalty to Nawaz Sharif would be the choice of the party leadership and in this connection Maryam Nawaz would have the main say. The officials said that 46 senators will be elected by the four provincial assemblies, 2 by the National Assembly and 4 by the lawmakers from tribal areas. They can not use PML-N name and platform due to a recent decision by Supreme Court.

Unlike the last Senate election in 2015, lawmakers were prohibited from taking their phones into the assemblies during the vote.

In Balochistan, a candidate needed just nine votes to become senator while in the biggest province of Punjab, 47 votes are needed to elect a senator.

PPP leaders meeting independent senators from FATA. A candidate in FATA having support of just three lawmakers can surely land in the upper house of Pakistan.

Nearly all political parties had expressed dismay at the election laws of Senate and promised to improve them.

National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq cast the first vote in the elections while Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also arrived in the assembly to cast his ballot. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said his party would work to introduce direct elections for senators to root out corruption and use of money.



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