ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) candidates Sadiq Sanjrani and Mirza Mohammad Afridi have taken oath as Senate chairman and deputy chairman respectively, after being re-elected through secret ballot in the parliament on Friday.
48 votes were casted in favour of Sanjrani, while 42 were casted for former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. Seven votes of Yousaf Gillani were rejected as the stamps were put on his name instead of the boxes before his name.
The presiding officer, Muzaffar Hussain Shah, said that he had rejected the seven votes and if anyone had objection to his ruling then he should approach the election tribunal.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Farook H Naek challenged the rejection of votes by saying that nowhere it was written that votes would be rejected if stamp was not affixed in the box.
On the flip side, Mirza Mohammad Afridi bagged 54 votes, while his opponent Jamiat Ulema e Islam-F leader and Pakistan Democratic Movement’s candidate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri received 44 votes. No vote was rejected in the election for the seat of deputy chairman.
This also showed that the votes might have been deliberately wasted for the slot of senate chairman as the deputy chairman still managed to get majority of the votes even after all of them were cast properly.
98 out of 100 Senators casted vote as PML-N’s Ishaq Dar and a senator of Jamaat e Islami (which has boycotted the election) did not attend the session. Voting in the Upper House continued till 5:00 pm. Senators were called for casting their votes in alphabetical order of their names.
Nomination papers of all the candidates vying for the slot of Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate were accepted after scrutiny.
Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani of the ruling alliance and Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani of the opposition parties were vying for the seat of Chairman Senate, while for the deputy chairman slot the contest was between Mirza Muhammad Afridi and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.