Elections for 52 seats of Senate underway across country

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Elections for 52 seats of the upper hous of the parliament are underway across the country.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), one hundred and thirty five candidates are contesting for fifty-two Senate seats.
Twelve Senators each from Punjab and Sindh, 11 members each from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, four lawmakers from FATA, and two members from the federal capital will be elected.
Polling process will be started from 0900 and continued till 0400 in the afternoon.
The ECP, in a review meeting, has taken several decisions to ensure vote privacy during the elections.
The Commission decided that returning officers will ensure that no voter exposes his vote’s privacy and neither be allowed to take issued ballot paper outside the polling station.
It warned that in case of non-compliance, the returning officer would cancel the ballot paper of such persons.
It was also decided that all returning officers will have powers of full magistrate and they could suspend the electoral process by bringing such elements to ECP’s notice in case of irregularity.
Members of national and provincial assemblies are directed to bring their secretariat cards along in order to cast votes.
The Commission has also imposed ban on mobile phones near polling station.
According to the code of conduct, the use of fake ballot paper will result in legal consequences.
Rangers or FC personnel have been deputed outside the polling stations.

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