Today, all eyes are on the Senate as the upper house prepares for the crucial election for chairman and deputy chairmanships. Sanjrani or Gilani who will be the new chairman?
President Arif Alvi has called a Senate session today (Friday) at 10:00 a.m. to elect a new chairman and deputy chairman of Parliament’s Upper House.
The president has been pleased to summon the Senate to meet in the Parliament (House) Building, Islamabad, on Friday, March 12th, at 10 a.m., in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The newly elected senators will take the oath in a session scheduled for Friday morning, according to the Senate Secretariat.
The session will be adjourned after the oath-taking to allow for the submission of nomination papers for the chairman and deputy chairman positions. Later that day, the session will resume in the evening to elect the Upper House chairman and deputy chairman via secret voting.
Senator-elected Yousuf Raza Gillani and JUI-F general secretary Ghafoor Haideri have been nominated by the 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) as joint candidates for Senate chairman and deputy chairman, respectively.
The ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated Sadiq Sanjrani and Mirza Muhammad Afridi for the Senate chairmanship and deputy chairmanship, respectively.
Sanjrani or Gilani who will be the new chairman of Senate.
In the 100-member Senate, the opposition alliance has a three-vote advantage over the government and its allies, as the opposition has 53 senators to the government’s 47.
Senator Ishaq Dar would be unable to vote, and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), which has one senator in the house, has also declined to vote. As a result, the number of votes cast by the opposition will be reduced to 51, while the number of votes cast by the government will increase to 48, following the joining of independent senator Abdul Qadir to the PTI yesterday evening.