Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will easily win Senate elections and will emerge as largest party in the upper house of the parliament.
Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, also claimed that PTI candidate from Islamabad Hafeez Shaikh will secure his victory by receiving more than 180 votes while opposition alliance’s candidate will only get 155 votes.
On the other hand, Federal Minister Faisal Vawda claimed that Yousaf Raza Gilani will face defeat and PPP will sacrifice some other senator to elect Gilani to Senate later.
What needs to be mentioned here is that in the secret ballots of the Senate, Sinde, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assemblies, the high-risk elections for the Senate are being voted.
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 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.
There are 25 candidates for the Senate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 26 candidates from Balochistan and 17 candidates from Sindh.
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.