PTI Objects as Senate Session Set for Chairman Election

 PTI Objects as Senate Session Set for Chairman Election

President Zardari Calls Senate Session Amidst PTI Opposition Over Top Slot Elections

President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned a session of the upper house of Parliament on April 9 (Tuesday) for the swearing-in of newly-elected members and the election of Senate chairman and deputy chairman. This move comes amidst opposition by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) over the election of top slots due to an “incomplete house,” as reported by The News on Monday.

The President House, in a late Sunday night announcement, declared, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the Senate to meet in the Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday, the 9th April 2024 at 09:00 am.”

During the Senate session, newly-elected senators will take oath, and elections for the constitutional posts of chairman and deputy chairman will be conducted. The presiding officer nominated by the prime minister will administer the oath to the newly-elected senators, including those elected in the by-elections on vacant seats.

With 11 Senate seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa postponed by the Election Commission of Pakistan due to the provincial Assembly’s incomplete composition, 85 senators out of the total 96 members are expected to take oath.

Regarding the elections for the top posts in the Senate, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has nominated former prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani for the chairman slot, while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is contemplating a woman lawmaker for the deputy chairman position.

Meanwhile, PTI, the main opposition party, has refrained from nominating its candidate for the chairman position to challenge the ruling coalition’s joint candidate.

The nominee for chairman, Gilani, enjoys support from various parties, with a total tally of 54 senators backing him. On the other hand, PTI has the support of 22 senators, along with support from other parties, potentially constituting an opposition front against the ruling coalition.

As the Senate session approaches, political maneuvering intensifies, setting the stage for a significant showdown over the election of top Senate positions amidst PTI’s objections and the intricate dynamics of party alliances in the upper house.

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