ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan Federal Secretary Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad has said that total 192 candidates submitted their papers for the Senate polls to be held on March 4. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, he said that 98 candidates for general seats, 35 for reserved seats (women), 52 for technocrats and Ulama and 34 for FATA seats had submitted their papers.
He said that for general seats 34 candidates have filed nomination papers from FATA, 26 from Blochistan, 17 from Punjab, 11 from the NWFP and 3 from the Federal Capital. For seats reserved for Ulama and technocrats, six candidates filed their nomination papers from the Federal Capital, 2 from Punjab, 8 from the NWFP and 9 from Blochistan, he added.
Dilshad said that for reserved seats of women, 16 nominations papers have been filed from Blochistan, 6 each from Punjab and the Federal Capital, 5 from the NWFP and 2 from Sindh. He said that any candidate could to take his or her papers back till February 21.
He said that ECP would start scrutinizing of the papers from Saturday (today); however, he made it clear that acceptance of the papers would not be challenged in any court but the candidates would file the appeal in ECP in case of rejection of the paper.
ECP had written all provincial assemblies speakers and the national assembly speaker to term the assemblies as polling stations on March 04. To a question, he said that the action would be taken under ECP rules if any candidate would be found involved in horse trading.
While Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Parliamentary Leader in Sindh assembly Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq has said that the 11 candidates from Sindh would be elected unopposed in the Senate elections. Talking to joint session of PPP, Muslim League Functional (MLF) and Awami National Party (ANP) in Chief Minister House here, he urged the Sindhi representatives to take every possible step to ensure coalition and solidarity in Sindh. Jam Madad Ali Khan, the opposition leader of Sind assembly addressed the representatives on the occasion and said they should work together for the promotion of democracy and stability of democratic institutions.-SANA