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Senate Election schedule likely to be announced in Feb

ISLAMABAD: The election schedule for 52 seats of the Senate is likely to be announced during the second week of February 2015.

Media reports indicate that the elections would be held in the first week of March while members would be elected for six-year terms.

The Upper House of the Parliament comprises 104 seats – 23 for each province and four seats each for women, non-Muslims and technocrats/Ulema. Although members are elected for six years, elections are held every three years for half of the senators. The newly-elected members would replace those who are due to retire on March 11.

The provincial assemblies will elect seven members each for general seats; two for reserved seats for women and another two for technocrats/Ulema.

Additionally, the provincial assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan would elect one senator each against seats reserved for non-Muslims.

The National Assembly members would elect one member against a general seat and another against a seat reserved for technocrats. In addition, MNAs from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) would elect four senators against general seats.

Party-wise, 21 senators belonging to Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) are set to retire on March 11. These include 12 lawmakers on general seats with another five on seats reserved for women four on seats for technocrats/Ulema.

Eight senators from PML-N including six on general seats and one each on seats reserved for women and technocrat/Ulema will also retire in March. Likewise, six ANP senators including three on general seats and one each on seats reserved for minorities, women and technocrats will complete their tenure within the coming weeks. Furthermore, five independent senators and three each from JUI-F and MQM are set to retire this year.

Other retiring senators include two from Balochistan National Party – Awami (one each on general and women seats) and one senator each from National Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and Pakistan Muslim League, all of whom were elected on general seats.

According to the Constitution of Pakistan, a person seeking election to the Senate needs to be at least 30 years old and be a registered as a voter in an area or province from where he/she seeks election. The candidate also needs to meet other qualifications prescribed under articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.


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