ISLAMABAD: The battle between the government and opposition candidates for the election of the new chairman and deputy chairman of the Senate will take place today.
PTI and ruling coalition candidate Sadiq Sanjarani and former PPP prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani are the joint opposition candidates in today’s election for the post of chairman and vice-chairman of the upper house after the tumultuous Senate elections. Sanjarani or Gilani, the chairman of the Senate will decorate the election field today
Opposition has fielded Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), while the government has fielded Mirza Mohammad Afridi, a former senator-elect from FATA. The newly elected senators will be sworn in before According to the rules, the presiding officer appointed by the President, Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, should take oath from the newly elected members of the Senate.
After the swearing-in ceremony, there will be a break in the meeting before the Friday prayers. After which the Presiding Officer will issue the election schedule for the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Senate.
According to the agenda, nomination papers of chairman and deputy chairman will be submitted after the prayers. Voting for chairman and deputy chairman will take place at 3 p.m. After the election of the Chairman, the Presiding Officer will take oath from the new Chairman. The Chairman Senate will elect the Deputy Chairman after taking oath. The Chairman Senate will take oath from the newly elected Deputy Chairman Senate.
According to Senate rules, in the event of a contest between the two candidates, a candidate must win a majority of at least 51% of the total number of members of the House.
Members of the Senate taking the oath
Fifty-two members of the upper house have resigned after completing their six-year constitutional term, while 48 new members will be sworn in today.
Among the 48 newly elected senators who took oath today are Yousuf Raza Gilani and Faisal Wawda, Kamil Ali Agha of PML-Q from Punjab, Saifullah Sarwar Khan Niazi of PTI, Aun Abbas Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Syed Ali Zafar, Zarqa Suhrawardy Timur. PML-N’s Afnanullah Khan, Sajid Mir, Irfan-ul-Haq Siddiqui, Azam Nazir Tarar and Sadia Abbasi. From Sindh, PPP’s Saleem Mandviwala, Sherry Rehman, Taj Haider, Shahadat Awan, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahir, Farooq Naik, Palwasha Khan, PTI’s Muhammad Faisal Wawda, Saifullah Abraw, MQM Pakistan’s Syed Faisal Ali Sabzwari and Khaleda Ateeb is included.
From Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PTI’s Mohsin Aziz, Syed Shibli Faraz, Liaquat Khan Turki, Faisal Saleem Rehman, Zeeshan Khanzada, Dost Mohammad Khan, Mohammad Humayun Mohmand, Sania Nishtar, Falak Naz, Gardeep Singh Awami National Party’s Hidayatullah Khan and JU Ata-ur-Rehman of IF will take oath.
Prince Ahmed Omar Ahmadzai of Balochistan Awami Party, Manzoor Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Saeed Ahmed Hashmi, Samina Mumtaz, Muhammad Qasim of Dinesh Commercial Party, Omar Farooq of ANP, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of JUI, Kamran Murtaza. Independent candidates Muhammad Abdul Qadir and Naseema Ehsan have joined the PTI. 48 members have been elected to the Senate for 6 years.
Among the retiring senators are Shibli Faraz, Saleem Mandviwala, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Sherry Rehman, Farooq H Naik, Maulana Ata-ur-Rehman, Liaquat Khan Turki, Manzoor Ahmed, Mohsin Aziz, Prof Sajid Mir, Sarfraz Bugti and Zeeshan Khanzada. Include