ECP finalises arrangements for Senate polls on April 2

ECP finalises arrangements for Senate polls on April 2
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Islamabad (Web Desk): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalised all preparations for conducting Senate polls to elect the members of upper house of the Parliament on Tuesday (April 2).

Polling will be held in the National Assembly and all four provincial assemblies from 9am to 4pm.

Ballot papers in four different colors have been printed for the Senate elections. White papers will be used for general seats, green for technocrat seats, pink for women, and yellow for minority seats.

The transportation of election materials to returning officers has been completed.
Returning officers have already issued the final list of the candidates contesting elections on 48 vacant seats of the Senate.

The elections were scheduled for 29 general seats, eight seats for women, nine seats for technocrats/Ulema, and two seats for non-Muslims.

According to the Election Commission (ECP), a total of 147 candidates submitted their nomination papers for these vacant seats.

Out of these,18 elected unopposed, seven are from Punjab’s general seats.

From Balochistan, senators for seven general seats, two women seats, and two Ulema/technocrat seats have won unopposed.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will hold elections for seven general, two women, and two technocrat seats. In total, 59 candidates are vying for these seats.

The Senate elections for 11 seats in KP could be delayed if the Speaker of the KP Assembly does not administer the oath to women and minority lawmakers-elect from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the reserved seats, as warned by the electoral body.

The elections will be held for 30 seats, which include one general and one technocrat seat from the federal capital, two women seats, two technocrat/Ulema seats, and one non-Muslim seat from Punjab.

Polling will be held in National Assembly, Punjab Assembly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and Sindh Assembly.