ECP announces polling schedule of Senate vacant seat

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has called upon the members of the provincial assembly of Punjab to elect a member for the Senate from that province against a general seat.

According to ECP, the seat has fallen vacant, due to resignation tendered by Ch. Mohammad Sarwar and fixed the schedule of election process under which the polling will be held on October 3 at Provincial Assembly building, Lahore.

The public notice by Returning Officer inviting nomination papers will be issued on September 11 while the last date for filing of nomination papers by the candidates with the Returning Officer will be September 13.

The date for publication of names of the nominated candidates will be September 14 while the last date for scrutiny of nomination papers will be September 16.

The last date for filing of appeals against acceptance or rejection of nominations will be September 18 while the last date for disposal of appeals by the tribunal will be September 20.

The last date publication of revised list of candidates will be September 24 while the last date for withdrawal of candidature will be September 25.

PMLN had emerged as the single largest party in Senate after elections in March.

As many as 15 candidates backed by the PML-N, 12 Pakistan Peoples Party, 10 independent, six PTI, two candidates of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and National Party each, one candidate from each of the MQM, Jamaat-i-Islami and PML-F returned successful on the 52 of the 104 Senate seats.

The overall strength of each party following the election was: 33 PML-N-backed candidates, 20 PPP candidates, 15 independent candidates, 12 PTI candidates, five candidates of MQM, PkMAP and NP each, four candidates of JUI-F, two candidates of JI, and one candidate from each of the PML-F, ANP and Balochistan National Party-Mengal in the house of 104 members. The parties which have lost representation in the upper house are PML-Q and BNP-Awami.

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