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ECP issues election schedule for Senate vacant seats

ECP issues election schedule for Senate vacant seats

ECP issues election schedule for Senate vacant seats

ECP issues election schedule for Senate vacant seats

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan(ECP) has released the election schedule for the vacant seats of the Senate.

According to the schedule issued by the ECP, the election will be held on March 14 for the 6 vacant seats of the Senate.

The vacant seats in the Senate include the seats of Yusuf Raza Gilani, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, Nisar Khuhro, Jam Mehtab, Prince Ahmed Umar and Sarfaraz Bugti.

The nomination papers for the Senate seats can be submitted from March 2 to 3, after which the list of candidates will be displayed on March 3, while the scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on March 5.

The appeals on nomination papers can be submitted till March 7 and the tribunals will dispose of appeals till March 9, nomination papers can be withdrawn till March 10.

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Polling for Senate seats will be held in National Assembly, Sindh Assembly and Balochistan Assembly.

The National Assembly members will elect one member from Islamabad while Sindh Assembly members will elect two members and Balochistan Assembly members will elect three members.

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On the other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party has demanded that the Election Commission of Pakistan hold early elections to the 11 Senate seats presently lying vacant.

In a letter written to the chief election commissioner on Thursday, PPP Central Election Cell in-charge Senator Taj Haider asked the former to hold elections to the 11 vacant seats of the Senate as soon as possible.

Senator Haider said the upper house of the bicameral parliament is incomplete because its 11 seats, or about 10 per cent of the total strength, are lying vacant.

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These senators are Yousuf Raza Gilani, Jam Mehtab, Nisar Khuhro, Ghafoor Haideri, Sarfraz Bugti, Nuzhat Sadiq, Sadiq Sanjrani, Prince Omar, late Rana Maqbool, Shaukat Tareen, and Anwaar ul Haq Kakar.

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