LAHORE: Polling is underway for 37 Senate seats in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including the National Assembly.
According to resources, candidates for all the 11 seats in Punjab have been elected unopposed, while today voting is taking place in 2 seats in Islamabad, 11 seats in Sindh, 12 seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 12 seats in Balochistan. In this regard, the halls of all the Provincial Assemblies, including the National Assembly, have the status of polling stations.
Members are banned from carrying mobile phones
The ban on carrying mobile phones of members of the National Assembly during polling is being strictly enforced. In this regard, there was an altercation between PPP MNA Abdul Qadir Patel and the security personnel. He submitted the mobile phone and said that if any member of the government brought in the mobile phone, the security personnel would be responsible.
Who cast the first vote?
The first vote in the National Assembly was cast by Shafiq Arain of PTI while the second was cast by Faisal Wawda. The first vote in the Sindh Assembly was cast by Mir Shabir Bijarani. The first vote in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was cast by Hidayat-ur-Rehman of JUI-F. Provincial Minister Zamrak Achakzai was the first to cast his vote in the Balochistan Assembly.
The most interesting and the biggest battle
The most exciting and big battle of the Senate elections is taking place at the General Seat of the Federal Capital Territory of Islamabad where former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh are competing against each other. The ruling coalition has 181 seats, while the opposition parties have 160 seats.
In many ways, the recent Senate election has been tumultuous. Prior to the election, the President changed the procedure and a reference was filed in the Supreme Court to hold the Senate election by open ballot. However, the court upheld the procedure laid down in the Constitution. Earlier, the government and the opposition have been making claims of winning the elections and buying and selling in the election process.
A coalition of opposition parties, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, is contesting the Senate elections in a row against the government, which has become very important for both the government and the opposition on the political front. Observers say the results of the Senate election will also shed light on the future of the ongoing opposition movement against the government.