Senate election 2021 kicks off today as polling on 37 vacant seats of Senate has begun on Wednesday (today).
As per the details, polling has begun at 9 am and will end at 5 pm without any break.
Sources said that polling will begin at the Parliament House Islamabad and the provincial assemblies of Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The lawmakers of the National Assembly have begun reaching the Parliament House to cast votes. Shafiq Arain of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was the first one to cast votes.
Two Senators will be elected from the federal capital, eleven from Sindh and twelve each from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Moreover, all the eleven candidates from Punjab have already been elected unopposed.
Abdul Hafeez Sheikh of PTI and Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani of PPP are contesting for the general seat. Whereas, Fauzia Arshad of PTI and Farzana Kausar of PML (N) are in the field for the women’s seat.
According to sources, Twenty-five candidates are in the field for twelve seats of Senate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, twenty-six from Balochistan, and seventeen from Sindh province.
Fifty-two senators in the house of 100 will retire on the 11th of this month after completion of their six-year term.
PTI’s Omar Ayub and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) senior vice president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have cast their votes.
White-colored papers will be used to cast votes for candidates on the general seat. Whereas, purple-colored ballot papers will be for reserved seats for women in Senate election 2021.
Mobile phones and cameras are not allowed in the Parliament house, NA lawmakers will have to show the card issued from the assembly to get ballot papers.
The returning officer has issued regulations to the lawmakers to cast votes for the candidates using digits on the ballot papers.