PM Advisor Shahukat Tarin elected as Senator from KP


Tarin secured 87 votes, Nine vote invalid, one canceled
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin on Monday elected as a Senator in the by-election for a general seat of the Senate from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
Mr Tarin secured 87 votes during the poll held at KP Assembly.
In order to vacate a senate seat for Prime Minister Advisor, the ruling party senator Ayub Afridi had resigned from the Senate.
The process of election for the senate seat started at 9am and ended at 4pm.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) nine were declared invalid while one canceled. During the election, Awami National Party and Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam Fazal (JUI-F) candidates Shaukat Amirzada and Zahir Shah secured 13 votes each.
The election for the single seat of senate was conducted by the Election Commission of Pakistan in the provincial assembly.
It should be noted that to get elected, a candidate needs more than 50% votes of the 145 members. The PTI has 94 members in the provincial assembly, the JUI-F has 15, and ANP 12, PML-N 7, PPP five, the Balochistan Awami Party four, Jamaat-e-Islami three, and the PML-Q each have one member.
It was important for Tarin to get elected as a senator as according to the rules, only elected representatives can present the budget in the Parliament.