Islamabad: Voting for high-stakes elections for the Senate is underway. This is done by secret ballot in the parliament building and the provincial assemblies of Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The MPs are voting for 37 vacant seats in the Senate and 11 senators from Punjab have been elected without opposition.
Two senators will be elected from the federal capital, eleven from Sindh and twelve each from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In the federal capital, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are vying for the general seat whilst for the women seat, Fauzia Arshad of PTI and Farzana Kausar of PML-N are in the field.
Twenty five candidates are in the field for twelve seats of Senate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, twenty six from Balochistan and seventeen from Sindh province.
It is worth mentioning here that 52 senators out of the 100 House of Representatives will retire on the 11th of this month after their six-year term ends.