Polling agent raises objection over Senate elections voting process

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

03rd Mar, 2021. 12:40 pm

The ongoing Senate Elections 2021 witnessed a dispute after Member of National Assembly (MNA) and polling agent Ali Gohar raised objection over the voting process.

According to the details, the Ali Gohar said that the electoral staff members are not honestly performing their duties as they are making different excuses to check the votes.

He said that the ongoing polling process in upper house of the Parliament is suspicious. Ali Gohar further said that Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been informed about the concerns.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan, Prime Minister also casted his vote and left the National Assembly shortly after.  Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja visited the National Assembly Hall to review the polling process.

Let it be known that the lawmakers are voting for 37 vacant seats of the Senate as 11 Senators from the Punjab have been elected unopposed.

Two senators will be elected from the federal capital, eleven from Sindh and twelve from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Fifty-two senators in the house of 100 are set to retire on the 11th of this month after completing their six-year term.

From the 342 members of the National Assembly, 341 will be able to cast their vote for the one general seat and one women seat from the federal capital. The winner here will require at least 171 votes. However, the number can go down in accordance with the total number of the votes cast.

The ruling coalition has 181 members – PTI has 157 members, 7 belong to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P); 5 each to the PML-Q and the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP); 3 to the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and one each to the Awami Muslim League (AML) and the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP). Besides 3 independent lawmakers are also with the ruling coalition.

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