Senate elections underway in Pakistan

Elections for Upper House (Senate) are underway in the national and provincial assemblies of Pakistan as 133 candidates contest for 52 seats on Saturday.

National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq cast the first vote in the elections while Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also arrived in the assembly to cast his ballot. Of the 52 Senate seats being vacated for election, 46 will be filled by the four provincial assemblies, two by the National Assembly, and four by lawmakers representing Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA).

The Upper House of parliament is a body of 104 lawmakers that serves a term of six years. They are not all elected at the same time: rather, half are elected at one time, and the other half three years later. Rangers and Frontier Corps personnel have been deployed outside all the polling stations established in parliament house and the four provincial assemblies.

Source: Kuwait News Agency