Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has emerged the victor from his Islamabad seat in the ongoing Senate Elections 2021, marking a major win for the Opposition parties’ anti-government coalition, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
Yousaf Raza Gilani beat Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, who is associated with the ruling PTI, in what was arguably the most-watched contest for the Senate elections.
Gilani bagged 169 votes, whereas Shaikh got 164. One vote was not cast.
Polling, which was scheduled from 9am to 5pm, ended at the set time, with counting of the votes underway. Lawmakers voted for some 37 vacant seats in the Senate, with 11 senators previously elected unopposed from Punjab.
Independent candidate Abdul Qadir, JUI-F’s Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, BNP’s Muhammad Qasim and ANP’s Arbab Umar Farooq have each been elected to a general seat.
BAP also scored a sizeable victory with candidates Ahmed Kakar, Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti and Price Ahmed Umar Ahmed victorious on general seats.
Of the total seven candidates, whose results have so far been obtained, four were backed by the government, two from the Opposition and one was an independent candidate, backed jointly by the BAP and PTI.
According to unofficial results, the PPP obtained seven more votes and have 99 members in the Assembly.
MQM’s candidate for a women’s seat Khalida Ateeb won with 57 votes, while PPP’s Palwasha Khan also won a women’s seat with 60 votes and Rukhshana Shah got 46 votes.
According to Election Commission sources, PPP’s Saleem Mandviwalla, Sherry Rehman, and Jam Mehtab Dhar have also been elected.
PPP’s Farooq H Naek obtained 61 votes and won a technocrat seat, having won five more seats than the opponents.
PTI’s Sania Nishtar has won the women’s seat with 56 votes, unofficial results showed. Another candidate from the party, Falak Naz, also obtained a women’s seat with 51 votes.
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