ISLAMABAD: The process of Senate elections began on Monday and today is last day to submit nomination papers. Elections will be held on March 2 for 54 seats of Senate and the Election Commission will receive nomination papers till 4pm today.
According to the schedule announced by the ECP, the returning officer will continue receiving nomination papers in provincial election commissions and central election commission offices till Tuesday. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be carried out on Thursday and Friday, February 16- 17.
PPP leaders Dr Babar Awan and Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan submitted their nomination papers in Lahore today.
Those who submitted papers Monday include;
PML-N: Ishaq Dar, Sardar Lateef Khosa, Zafarullah Dhandla, Malik Rafiq, Kamran Michael, Nuzhat Amir, Syed Nawab Shah, Akbar Iskani, Baraat Khan, Faisal Agha and Kishwar Ahmed.
PML-Q: Kamil Ali Agha.
ANP: Shahi Syed, Baaz Mohammad Khan, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Ilyas Ahmed Bilour and Zahida Khan.
PPP: Farhat ullah Babar, Shamroz Khan, Saifullah Magsi and Khalida Mohsin Qureshi.
MQM: Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Nasreen Jalil, Kanwar Khalid Younus, Barrsiter Farrukh Nasim, Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Arshad Abdullah Vohra, Nasreen Jalil and Naila Latif Muneed.
The appeals regarding objections would be disposed off on February 22 and 23. The finalised list of the candidates will also be announced on February 24.
The elections are being held on 54 seats including 11 from each province, four from Fata and two sets from federal capital while four minority members (one from each province) would also be elected for the first time.
Members of Provincial Assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan will elect to Senate seven members from general seats, two from seats reserved for women and two for seats reserved for technocrats including Ulema.
The National Assembly members will elect to Senate one member against general seat and other on seat reserved for technocrats including Ulema from the Federal Capital.
National Assembly members from Fata will elect to Senate four members against the general seats. In addition, Provincial Assembly members of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan will elect to Senate one member on seats reserved for non-Muslims.
A total of 50 senators are being retired in March after completing their respective terms including 11from each province, four Fata and two from federal capital.