Islamabad (February 08, 2018): The first phase of submission of nomination papers of senate election has been completed as entire nation keeping eyes on Senate polls that could be provided ruling party an edge for the next general election.
Nomination Papers’ Deadline Ends
A total of 52 Senators in the house of 104 are set to retire following the completion of their six-year term.
According to the documents of the ECP, a total of 34 nomination forms were submitted from Punjab, of which 21 forms were submitted for general seats, five for reserved seats for women, five for technocrat seats, and three for reserved seats for minorities.Besides, a total of 47 nomination forms were submitted from Sindh, out of which 23 were submitted for general seats, 11 for reserved seats for technocrats, nine for women and four for reserved seats for minorities.
In Balochistan, a total of 28 nomination forms were submitted. Out of the total, 15 forms were submitted against general seats, seven for reserved seats for technocrats, and six for women-specific seats.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a total of 34 nomination forms were submitted for the March 3 Senate elections. Of the total, 20 forms were submitted against general seats, six for reserved seats for technocrats and eight for reserved seats for women.
According to the ECP, there was no nomination for Senate elections from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), whereas only one nomination emerged for technocrat seat from Islamabad.
Apparently, the biggest loser of the exercise will be the PPP, whose 18 Senators, including Chairman Raza Rabbani, will be replaced by newcomers. Nine Senators from the ruling PML-N are also among those retiring but the party is expected to gain seats by the exercise, despite the recent upheaval in Balochistan Assembly which saw PML-Q’s Abdul Quddus Bizenjo replacing PML-N’s Sanaullah Zehri for the chief minister slot.PTI to Challenge Dar’s Nomination
The opposition leader in Punjab assembly and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Mian Mehmood Rasheed announced to challenge the former finance minister nomination papers submitted from Punjab saying that how can an absconder can contest election.
Horse Trading Looms over Senate Polls
The horse trading, the terms to use when one party buy member of other party using unfair means secretly, threats being loomed over the senate election, particularly Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (KP) and Balochistan could be the epicenter of this menace.
The candidate of JUI-S, Samiul Haq has submitted nomination papers without required votes in hope PTI will support him. Other political parties have also submitted nomination papers of their millionaire candidates aimed to use their money to buy any vote to complete numbers.
Race for New Chairman Senate
The race for the chairman senate gets started. Being a second largest party PPP has pushed itself for the chairman senate seat and hope its chairman candidate Raza Rabbani will be the most favourite candidate.
According to sources PPP has kicked off efforts to present Rabbani as unanimous opposition candidate and for the purpose party leadership contacting other small parties.
However, sources told that the final decision for the appointment of chairman senate candidate will be taken by the chairman Bilawal Bhutto and co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.