ISLAMABAD: All political parties including Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have intensified consultations for award of party tickets and selection of candidates for the forthcoming Senate elections scheduled to be held on March 3.
It is expected that the ruling PML (N) will emerge as majority party in the upper house of the Parliament.
In the upcoming elections, 11 seats are reserved from each province, two from federal capital and four from FATA.
According to the schedule issued by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), nomination papers for the election would be submitted on February 12 and 13 while scrutiny of the papers would be held on February 16 and 17.
List of contesting candidates would be issued on February 25. Polling on 52 seats of the Senate would be held on March 3. For 11 seats, each of the four provinces’ polling would be held in provincial capitals while polling of seats from Federal Capital and FATA would be held in National Assembly.
According to the ECP notification, in each province elections would be held for seven general seats, two seats for technocrats and Ulema and two reserved seats for women.
In federal capital one seat is general while one is reserved for women whereas four seats are for FATA and two for minorities.
Fifty percent members of Upper House of the Parliament are completing their tenure on March 12, after that 52 new members would take charge.
One reserved seat each from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Balochistan for minorities, Hayman Das of JUI (F) from KPK and Amar Jeet of Awami National Party have already been elected in the previous government of Pakistan Peoples Party when seats for minorities were increased in Senate and the number of members rose from 100 to 104.
At that time decision was taken to increase one seat of minorities from each province and two members of minorities would retire on balloting while the remaining two would complete their tenure of six years.
Considering the party positions in the four provinces, the situation seems to be in favour of PML (N) and majority seats would be occupied by members of the party.
According to formula 52 members from Punjab, 24 from Sindh, 18 from KPK and 9 of Balochistan provincial assemblies would be considered equivalent to one seat of Senate.
PML (N) has 312 members in Punjab Assembly, six in Sindh, 14 in KPK and 19 in Balochistan whereas in National Assembly PML is in majority.
National Assembly is constituency of four seats of Senate and in the forthcoming elections National Assembly would decide two seats of Senate.
If the formula of Election Commission is considered, those members of Senate who are in favour of majority would be part of the upper house of Parliament.
It is expected that PML (N) would win all seats from Punjab and become a majority party in the House.
In KPK, Pakistan Tahreek e Insaaf (PTI) supporting members would lead PML(N).
Due to lack of favour in Punjab, KPK and Balochistan, PPP would lose seats in the upper house.
While it is also expected that in Mutahida Awami Party, one or two seats may increase or decrease.
Likewise seats of National Party and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Party in Balochistan Assembly would increase in Balochistan keeping in view their current position in Balochistan.
If PTI takes part in Senate elections, they would get representation in the upper house for the first time as they have 46 seats in KPK.
According to election formula, 24 members of KPK assembly are imperative for one seat of Senate.
Moreover, there are less chances of Awami National Party (ANP) and PPP to get a seat in the forth coming elections of the upper house.
PPP has less members in Punjab, KPK and Balochistan however, there is no seat of ANP in Punjab.
In Senate, the members of PML (N), PTI, Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Party and National party would get a slot from KPK and Balochistan.