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Senate polls: PML-N, PPP win most seats

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 3, 2018 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Posted: Mar 3, 2018 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

ISLAMABAD: The ruling PML-N and opposition PPP have won the maximum number of seats in the Senate's elections held on Saturday, unofficial results show. 

Polling for 52 vacant seats was held in the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies.

According to the results received from Islamabad and four provinces, PML-N has become the majority party in the Upper House of the Parliament followed by PPP. PTI is now the third largest party in the Senate.

Who Won Where


Unofficial results show that PML-N has won as many as 15 Senate seats from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad.


PPP has won 12 seats from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively.


Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf has has won six seats - five Senate seats from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one from Punjab.


The JUI-F has managed one seat each in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.


The Jamaat-e-Islami has managed to elect one Senator from Khyber Pakhtunhwa


Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan must be disappointing with the results as the party has only got one seat in Sindh.


Pakistan Muslim League-Function won one Seat seat from Sindh.


In FATA, four independent candidates emerged as victorious by securing seven votes each.

National Party

The National Party got two candidates elected in the Senate from Balochistan Assembly.


Pakhtukhwa Milli Awami Party of Mahmood Khan Achakzai bagged two Senate seats from Balochistan Assembly.


Six seats were won by independent candidates in Balochistan Assembly.

FATA – There were 24 candidates in the run for four FATA seats.

Four independent candidates have won four Senate seats by securing seven votes each.

According to unofficial results, Senator designate Hidayatullah, Hilal-ur-Rehman, Shamim Muhammad Afridi and Mirza Muhammad Afridi would represent FATA in Senate for next six years term.


According to unofficial and provisional results, PML (N) supported candidates have won both the Senate seats from the Federal Capital Territory.

Former Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mushahid Hussain Syed and son of former Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo, Asad Ali Khan Junejo have been elected as Senators for Islamabad.

According to unofficial results, the candidates backed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) won the elections with clear majority on one technocrat and one general seat.

According to details, Mushahid Hussain Syed secured 223 votes on technocrat seat while PPPP Candidate Raja Shakil Abbasi remained runner up by securing 64 votes.

Thirteen votes were rejected by the officials.

Asad Ali Khan Junejo was declared successful on general seat of Islamabad by securing 214 votes.

Raja Imran Ashraf of PPP got only 45 votes while Kanwal Shozef who got 32 votes. Nine votes were termed rejected on this contest.

As many as 300 MNAs cast their votes on one each seat of General and technocrat from Islamabad.


Independent candidates backed by PML-N won 11 out of 12 senate seats in Punjab Assembly. Seven candidates contested for general seats, one for minority , two for technocrat and two for women seats.

Out of seven senate general seats in Punjab, independent candidates backed by PML-N won six general seats, whereas PTI

candidate Chaudhry Sarwar won one seat.

According to official results, PML-N backed candidates Dr Asif Kirmani secured 42 votes, Dr Musadik Malik 42 votes,

Rana Maqbool 43 votes, Zubair Gul 38 votes, Haroon Akhtar 42 votes and Shaheen Khalid Butt 41 votes, whereas PTI candidate Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar got 44 votes.

Kamran Michael, an Independent candidate backed by PML-N, was elected on the minority seat by securing 321 votes.

While former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Hafiz Abdul Karim were elected on technocrat seats by securing 155 votes and 160 votes, respectively.

PML-N backed independent candidates Saadia Abbasi and Nuzhat Sadiq were also elected on two women Senate seats by securing 160 votes and 152 votes, respectively.


Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) won 10 out of  total 12 Senate seats in Sindh Assembly and emerged as the leading party in the province.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and Pakistan Muslim League-F won seat each. Out of total 166 eligible votes, 161 votes were polled. Five MPAs could not participate because of being out of country.

The total strength of Sindh Assembly is 168 members. Two MPAs from PPP had died recently.

ECP's Provincial Commissioner M.Yousuf Khattak informed the media that of 161 polled votes, 25 were rejected in different categories.

He said the winners on seven general seats of the Senate includedPPP's Moula Bakhsh Chandio, Imamuddin Shauqeen, Raza Rabbani, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Muhammad Ali Jamote, Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah from PML-F and Firogh Naseem Advocate from MQM-P. On the two technocrats seats, PPP's Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro and Rukhsana Zuberi were declared successful.

PPP's Qurat-ul-Ain and Kesu Bai (Kirshna Kolhi) bagged two seats for women while Anwar Laluddin of PPP succeeded on the minority seat.

He said ECP would share detailed results with the Media on Sunday.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Five out of eleven Senate seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly were won by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), while Pakistan Peoples Party(PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League backed independent candidates won two seats each and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUIF) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) also got one seat each.

According to unofficial results, out of the seven general seats PTI obtained three while PML-N backed independent candidate, PPP, JUI-F and JI clinched one each.

The wining candidates on General seats included Pir Sabir Shah (Independent/PML-N) Faisal Javed (PTI), Talha Mahmood (JUI-F), Bahramand Khan Tangi (PPP), Mohammad Ayub (PTI), Fida Mohammad (PTI) and Mushtaq Ahmad Khan (JI).

Dr. Meher Taj Roghani of PTI and Robina Khalid of PPP were elected on women seats.

Azam Sawati of PTI and Dilawar Khan PML-N backed independent candidate were elected on the Technocrats seats.


Eleven new senators including, six independent candidates were elected in Balochistan Assembly on Saturday, according to unofficial results.

The wining candidates are Anwar ul Haq Kakar (independent supported by PML-N), Ahmed Khan (independent), Kuda Babar (independent), Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani (independent), Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen (Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party), Muhammad Akram ( National Party) and Molvi Faiz Muhammad (JUI-F) were elected on general seats.

While Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo (National Party) and Naseeb Ullah Bazai (independent supported by PML-N) were elected on Technocrats seats.

Abida Umar (Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party) and Sana Jamali (independent) won the elections on women reserved seats.



  • 16.00 -- The voting for the 2018 Senate elections ended.
  • 15.52 -- Provincial minister Manzoor Kakar could not exercise his right to vote as he was deseated.
  • 15.52 -- All 64 members of Balochistan Assembly have voted in the Senate elections.
  • 15.37 -- Less than half an hour to go till voting for Senate elections end.
  • 15.27 -- He confirmed that he has defected to PTI.
  • 15.27 -- PML-N's Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry joined the ranks of PTI.
  • 14.51 -- "Imran Khan should vote otherwise people will realize how much he trusts the system," Shah said.
  • 14.51 -- Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah urged PTI Chairman to vote in the Senate elections.
  • 14.26 -- MQM parliamentarians Iqbal Mohammad Ali and Rasheed Godel cast their votes.
  • 14.47 -- He said voting is going smoothly in all provinces and no complaint has so far been received from any party or candidate.
  • 14.47 -- He said that parliamentarians were satisfied as no one has complained about the voting.
  • 14.47 -- Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad

    said no complaint or anomaly has been pointed out so far.
  • 14.39: I am satisfied that the elections are being conducted in a peaceful manner, Khattak said.
  • 14.37 -- Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak said that his party did not approach any parliament nor do they have money for horse-trading.

  • 14.31 -- Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif reached Punjab Assembly to vote in the Senate elections.
  • 14.20 -- Orakzai said that Khattak should not threaten parliamentarians from home.
  • 14.20 -- PPP's Nighat Orakzai said that CM KP Pervez Khattak is trying to "buy" lawmakers in the Senate elections.
  • 14.02 -- Chairperson PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that there are complaints of rigging in every elections.
  • 14.02 -- Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated that PM Abbasi did not ask if he voted nor he give any kind of reply to him.
  • 14.00 -- I had an informal meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Nisar said.
  • 14.00 -- PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that institutions should take notice if horse-trading is taking place in Senate elections.

  • 13.49 -- PTI's Qaisar Jamal boycotted the Senate elections, citing issues in the system.
  • 13.41 -- We will hold those agencies accountable who tried to disassemble parties, Abid Sher Ali said.
  • 13.39 -- Abid Sher Ali said that only former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is being targeted.
  • 13.37 -- Even the election symbol was taken away from PML-N, Abid Sher Ali said.
  • 13.37 -- State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said that a conspiracy was hatched to keep a major party out of Senate elections.
  • 13.25 -- Rana Mashood stated that PML-N's rivals will lose the elections.
  • 13.25 -- PML-N leader Rana Mashhood claimed that the next prime minister will be from his party.
  • 13.11 -- PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the parliamentarians are playing with their self-respect through horse-trading.
  • 13.07 -- He said that the Rs. 3.20 million was the final rate of the seats.
  • 13.07 -- PTI leader Hamid-ul-Haq claimed that a "market" was setup in parliament lodges which FATA seats were "sold".
  • 12.51 -- Forty-two members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly have voted in Senate election. Twelve Balochistan Assembly have cast their votes.
  • 12.51 -- Seventy parliamentarians have voted in Sindh Assembly while 250 lawmakers have exercised their right to vote in Punjab.
  • 12.43-- "PML-N has been filing cases against them before," Elahi said.
  • 12.43 -- Elahi also said that bureaucrats used to respect the parliamentarians in their tenure.
  • 12.43 --PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said that they supported PTI in every situation.
  • 12.42 -- He said that Nawaz Sharif's bond with the people cannot not be damaged.
  • 12.41 -- Sanaullah hoped that his party will win the elections on all general seats as well.
  • 12.40 -- PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah Khan Saturday said that his would win all the 12 Senate seats from Punjab.
  • 12.35 -- Sharmila Farooqui said that they had dinner and breakfast with MQM leaders
  • 12.35 -- Pakistan People's Party leader Sharmila Farooqui said that her party will surprise Muttahida Qaumi Movement in the Senate elections.
  • 12.18 -- Everyone should accept the nation's decision, Ahsan Iqbal said.
  • 12.13 -- Throwing PML-N out of the Senate elections is a violation of the constitution, says Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal.
  • 12:09 -- Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi cast his vote.
  • 12.00 -- Agha Siraj Durrani said that no one knows what is happening inside the assembly.
  • 12.00 -- Pakistan People's Party leader Agha Siraj Durrani said that he "cannot be bought".

    • 12:00--MNAs Bilal Rahman, Jamal and Nasir Afridi have voted for FATA candidates
    • 12:00--Three more votes cast in FATA senate election
    • 11:40--Pre-poll rigging was committed when PML-N candidates were deprived of their election symbol
    • 11:30--He who does not understand the concept of sanctity of vote should not come to the parliament: Zaeem Qadri
    • 11:22--We will solve problems relating to MQM-P's party structure: Farooq Sattar
    • 11:20--Every man has his own conscience--if any MQM MPA trades his loyalty, party will take action: Farooq Sattar
    • 11:20--MQM candidates belong to middle class unlike others: Farooq Sattar
    • 11:17--We will not disappoint our votebank: Farooq Sattar
    • 11:17--Farooq Sattar addresses media
    • 11:14--Not even a single vote has been cast in Balochistan Assembly owing to the absence of a large number of MPAs
    • 11:09--A couple of PTI MPAs have deflected but the party has managed to secure some from the opposing camp
    • 11:09--19 votes have been polled so far in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly
    • 10:52--Parliamentarians take to the polling booth without suits and waist coats on account of suspicion of hidden cameras
    • 10:50--ECP decides to call in Rangers at Punjab Assembly
    • 10:30--PML-N candidates have arrived here after sacrificing their prime minister, party president and election symbol: Khurram Dastagir
    • 10:30--Critics were saying that this day would never come, Minister of Defence Khurram Dastagir
    • 10:26--PTI steps up efforts to woo dissidents
    • 10:25--MQM-P candidates will hopefully win all seats they are contesting from: Kamran Tessori

  • 10:10--Opposition members had objected to PTV's coverage of senate elections
  • 10:10--PTV stopped from covering senate elections at Punjab Assmelby
  • 10:00--Big setback for PML-N as MNA Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry refuses to cast vote
  • 09:56--Election symbol was stolen from PML-N candidates, says Rana Sanaullah
  • 09:54--PML-N will clean sweep elections in Punjab by winning all 12 seats, says Rana Sanaullah
  • Polling will continue uninterrupted till 4pm
  • 09:52 The first vote has been cast by Maulana Jamal-ud-Din
  • 09:52--FATA parliamentarians arrive to cast their votes
  • 09:36--Rumours concerning delay in senate elections have been put to rest this day: Khursheed Shah
  • 09:36--Will miss parliamentarians such as Aitzaz Ahsan whose tenures have been completed: Khursheed Shah

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    • 09:36--It is a day to be proud as a transition is taking place via a democratic process, says Khursheed Shah
    • 09:35--Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah arrives at National Assembly
    • 09:20--National Assembly Speaker and Secretary Legislation inspect the FATA polling station
    • 09:17--Mushahid Hussain arrives at the National Assembly to vote, says 'fortune favours the brave'

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  • 09:17--24 candidates are contesting for 4 FATA seats


      • 09:17--Polling underway for FATA seats that number four in total
      • 09:15--As per our correspondent Abbas Shabbir, returning officers have been granted the status of First Class Magistrate
      • 09:05--National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq arrives at the National Assembly

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  • 09:00--Polling underway for senate elections
  • 08:50--If any MNA or MPA violates code of conduct, we will cancel his/her vote or postpone polling: RO Ghulam Israr Khan

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  • 08:50--We will ensure secrecy of vote at all cost, says RO Ghulam Israr Khan
  • 08:50--Election commission staff has arrived at the National Assembly and provincial assemblies

All arrangements have been finalized for the conduct of the Senate elections.

Polling will begin at 9:00am and continue till 4pm.

Halls of the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies have been declared polling stations.

The Commission has delegated powers of First Class Magistrate to all Returning Officers to ensure secrecy of the voting and to cope with any emergent situation.

During the polling process, members of the National Assembly will not be allowed to carry their cell phones inside the polling stations or take their ballot papers out of the assembly halls.

Returning Officers will announce unofficial results in the evening.

There are five candidates for two Senate seats from Islamabad, 20 candidates from Punjab, and 33 from Sindh against 12 seats each.

There are 24 candidates in the run for four FATA seats.

There are 26 candidates in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 23 in Balochistan for eleven seats each.

Ballot papers have been handed over to the Returning Officers for election.
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