Senate Election: PML-N backed independent candidates win 15 seats

Senate Election: PML-N backed independent candidates win 15 seats

Responding to a question about Nisar "playing on the front foot" after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ascent as president of PML-N, the former minister said that he is not playing cricket hence there is no need for him to play either on the front foot or back foot.

The law minister said that the Opposition in the Punjab assembly could bag a seat if they would unitedly support and vote for a candidate.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal also celebrated PML-N's heavy win "despite [a] Supreme Court verdict" that had forced the ruling party's candidates to contest the elections as independent candidates. The other 52 were elected in 2015 and will retire in 2021.

The trickiest situation is in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) where 10 members of the National Assembly would elect four senators.

Speaking to reporters after casting his vote for today's Senate election in Islamabad, he said his absence at Friday's meeting made headlines despite the fact that he did not attend any parliamentary party meeting in the last four years, Express News reported.

Twelve seats each from Punjab and Sindh, 11 each from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, four from tribal region and two from federal capital territory were up for grab due to retirement of 52 senators this month.

PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi casts his vote for Senate elections.


Pointing out that PML-N had become the "single largest party in the Senate as well" Maryam lauded party members and supporters for "changing the tradition of politics" and for standing by Nawaz. All four provincial assemblies are electoral colleges for the four respective assemblies.

The contestants from provinces will be elected by members of provincial assemblies respectively while the aspirants from Islamabad and FATA will get votes from the members of the National Assembly or the lower house of the country's Parliament.

Those candidates, who will be running as "independents", are expected to pledge their allegiance to PML-N if they are elected to the senate, PML-N party officials say.

PML-N is likely to emerge the majority party in Senate after the elections.

The chart below shows how many votes are needed from each assembly to be successfully elected to a Senate General seat, assuming all lawmakers turn up to vote.

There were 65 independent candidates including 23 from the PML-N.

The three PML-N-backed independent candidates in the run for two technocrat seats include former finance minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar. It has also won one seat from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as Robina Khalid has been elected as senator from KP.

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