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143 nomination papers filed for 52 Senate seats
February 10, 2018
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By Tariq Butt



ISLAMABAD: A total of 143 nomination papers have been filed for fifty-two seats for senate election that will be held on March 3.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has written to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), State bank of Pakistan (SBP), Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) and other government departments concerned seeking cooperation during scrutiny of the candidacy papers.

Prominent among those who have filed nominations included outgoing Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, Jamiate Ulemae Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, who has filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and enjoys support of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).

Taj Haider, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah and Muhammad Talha Mehmood are among those expected to stage comeback.

The PTI has announced to challenge the nomination papers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominee Ishaq Dar and some other candidates as well. The PPP has fielded minority candidate Krishna Kohli from Thar for a general seat from Sindh.

The candidates can withdraw their nomination papers until Feb.19. Maximum 47 nomination papers were filed from Sindh, followed by 34 from Punjab and as many from KP and 28 from Balochistan.

Twenty-one forms were submitted for general seats, five for reserved seats for women, five for technocrat seats, and three for reserved seats for minorities in Punjab.

In Sindh, twenty-three papers were filed for general seats, 11 for reserved seats for technocrats, nine for women and four for reserved seats for minorities.

From Balochistan, 15 forms were submitted for general seats, seven for reserved seats for technocrats, and six for women-specific seats.

In KP, 20 forms were filed for general seats, six for reserved seats for technocrats and eight for reserved seats for women.

The ECP has dispatched (voter) lists of the incumbent members of the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies to the respective returning officers, barring nine provincial lawmakers, whose membership remains suspended for not filing their statements of assets and liabilities to the ECP.

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