Azam Swati (PTI) Won Late Senators Seat
PESHAWAR: The one-to-one contest between the candidates of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Inaf (PTI) and Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) in the by-election today (Wednesday) to fill the vacant seat of the Senate has been won by PTI.
The seat fell vacant after the death of ANP Senator Azam Khan Hoti on April 15.
The PTI candidate Azam Swati won the election with the support of two coalition partners, Jamaat-e-Islami and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad taking 70 votes, while the opposition parties through supported by JUI-F candidate Haji Ghulam Ali lost.
Of the total 124 members of the house, 68 are representing the treasury benches and 56 the opposition benches.
The polling commence at 9am and continued till 4pm in the provincial assembly building, which was declared as the polling station by the election commission.
Provincial election commissioner Talib Hussain performed as returning officer while the commission’s director Mohammad Farid and deputy director Khushal Zada were polling officers.
Meanwhile, Haji Ghulam Ali of JUI-F submitted an application with the election commission requesting transparent and fair elections, as he alleged that massive irregularities were witnessed in the previous senate election.
In his application, the JUI candidate claimed that 60 per cent of the members had leaked secrecy of the ballot as they had taken out the blank ballot papers which were later filled in at the chief minister’s house and polled by other members of the house.
He requested the election commission to establish election booth at such a place where no one could see the members while putting stamp on the ballots.
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