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45 Senate Seats as Polling Begins 98 Candidates Vying

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As many as 98 candidates are taking part in Senate elections on 45 seats today (Friday) while nine have already been elected unopposed. On Thursday, the Election Commission of Pakistan finalised arrangements to hold elections at four provincial assemblies and the National Assembly.

National AssemblyNewly elected Senators will be replacing the 50 outgoing Senators who will retire on March 12 after completing their six-year-term in the office.

Polling has begun on 45 seats including four newly added minority seats to the Upper House. The polling will end at 4pm.

From Punjab eight candidates will be contesting on seven general seats. On two each seats reserved for women and ulema and technocrats and one seat for minorities.
Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, Ishaq Dar, Nuzhat Sadiq, Khalida Perveen and Kamran Michael have been elected unopposed.

In Sindh, eight candidates are contesting on seven general seats with three candidates on two seats reserved for women and two on one seat reserved for minorities. On two seats reserved for ulema and technocrats, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Barrister Farogh Naseem have been declared returned uncontested.

In Khyber PakhtunKhwa, 13 candidates are in the run for seven general seats, four candidates for two seats reserved for women, six for two seats reserved for ulema and technocrats and two candidates will be contesting on one seat reserved for minorities.

In Balochistan, 19 candidates are vying for seven general seats, nine for two seats reserved for women, eight candidates on two seats for ulema and technocrats and five candidates will be in the run for one seat reserved for minorities.

On two seats from federal capital with one general and one seat reserved for ulema and technocrats, Osman Saifullah and Mushahid Hussain Syed have respectively been declared returned uncontested while 11 candidates are in the run for four seats of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Polling for Senate seats from provinces is being held at provincial assemblies while MNAs  from FATA are voting in the Parliament House.

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