Senate election results: Sadiq Sanjrani wins

ISLAMABAD: Sadiq Sanjrani, the PTI-led government’s candidate, has won Senate chairman election over Yousaf Raza Gillani, fielded by the Opposition parties’ anti-government coalition under the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) banner, marking a significant victory for the ruling party.

Sanjrani received 48 votes, while Gillani bagged 42. Eight of the 98 votes in total were rejected, including one that had a stamp on both names.

Earlier, the Senate session started at 10am with oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected lawmakers, while the voting process completed shortly before 5pm, after which the counting began.

The PTI regime and the Opposition-led PDM had locked horns for the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman posts, following jibes between the two sides, controversies, and secretly-made videos. The polls were conducted by the Senate Secretariat officials.

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