Setback to PTI as Yousaf Raza Gillani defeats Hafeez Shaikh in Senate Election 2021

06:32 PM | 3 Mar, 2021
Setback to PTI as Yousaf Raza Gillani defeats Hafeez Shaikh in Senate Election 2021
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ISLAMABAD - Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, a joint candidate of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), on Wednesday won a general seat from Islamabad in Senate election 2021 by defeating ruling PTI's candidate Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in a tough contest. 

Gillani bagged 169 votes while Shaikh, who is also finance minister, got 164 votes in a neck-to-neck contest.

Today, polling on thirty-seven vacant seats of the upper house was held meanwhile eleven Senators from Punjab have been elected unopposed.

The first vote was cast by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf's Faisal Vawda.

A total of 72 candidates contested the 2021 Senate polls from the federal capital and the three provinces – Sindh, Balochistan and KP – whereas there was no polling in Punjab as all the candidates were elected unopposed last week.

Two senators will be elected from the federal capital, eleven from Sindh and twelve from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Fifty-two senators in the house of 100 are set to retire on the 11th of this month after completing their six-year term.

Congratulations pour in on Twitter for PPP leader Yousaf Raza Gillani.