After the announcement of the Senate Election date, major political parties of the country have finalized their candidates.
After the announcement of the Senate Election schedule with polls to be held on March 3, the Election Commission of Pakistan ECP has started the process of receiving nomination papers for the Senate elections from today (Friday).
The last date for filing of nomination papers is February 13 and the last date for filing of appeals against acceptance or rejection of papers is February 18.
According to the schedule, the date for disposal of appeals is February 20 and the revised list of the contestants will be issued later on February 21. Furthermore, the candidates can use the option of withdrawal of candidature till February 22.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senate Candidates:
On Friday, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry announced the names of PTI’s candidates for the Senate Election.
While announcing the candidates’ names, he added that that announcement regarding other seats would be made later on.
PTI’s contenders for senate include: Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Fauzia Arshad have been finalized from Islamabad;
Saifullah Niazi, Dr. Zarqa and Barrister Ali Zafar from Punjab;
Shibli Faraz, Mohsin Aziz, Dost Muhammad, and Sania Nishtar from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa;
Faisal Vawda from Sindh and Abdul Qadir Baloch from Balochistan.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senate Candidates:
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has finalized the candidates for the Senate election.
According to details, Sherry Rehman and Farooq H Naek will re-contest the election.
Saleem Mandviwala, Shahadat Awan, and Mirbaz Khaitran will also submit their nominations. Jam Mehtab Dehar and Sadiq Ali Memon will be candidates for the general seat.
While Khair-un-Nissa and Palosha Khan will be the party candidates for the seats reserved for women.
Karim Khawaja and Taj Haider will submit their papers for the technocrat seat.
As being reported, Rehman Malik and Islamuddin Sheikh are out of the senate election race.
Contrary to prior reports, Yousaf Raza Gillani has also decided not to contest for senate, as wants to contest the general election. It was reported earlier that Gillani will be PPP’s candidate for Speaker Senate.
The source quotes that the PPP leadership is trying to reconcile Yousaf Raza Gillani.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senate Candidates:
PML-N has also decided its party candidates for the Senate election scheduled to be held on March 3.
As being reported, Raja Zafarul Haq, Pervaiz Rasheed, and Muhammad Zubair will be the candidates from Punjab.
Furthermore, Sajid Mir, Azam Nazir Tarar, and Saira Afzal Tarar are also likely to get the tickets for the election.
Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam has given the tickets to Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Kamran Murtaza from Balochistan.
As being reported, JUI is also considering fielding joint candidates with the Balochistan National Party.