QUETTA - About 28 contenders from various political and religious parties and independent candidates have submitted their nomination papers for 11 seats of various categories for Senate polls from Balochistan.

Out of the 28 applicants, 12 candidates are contesting in independent position for seats, while 16 nominees were flexing their muscles through the platforms of various political parties.

“Collectively 28 candidates have filed their nomination papers for 11 Senate seats on Thursday,” said Provincial Election Commissioner Balochistan Muhammad Naeem Majeed Jaffar to media men.

The Provincial Election Commissioner noted that 15 candidates submitted papers for seven seats of general category, seven applicants for two seats of technocrats and six contenders for two women seats.  

The period for forms submission continued from Feb 3 to 8, revealed Naeem Majeed, adding, during this period total 152 forms were issued collectively from Election Commission and scrutiny process would last till Feb 12.

The candidates from Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), National Party (NP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Awami National Party (ANP) did not attach party tickets with their nomination papers, which is legally considered mandatory.  Amir Afzal of PML-N had affixed party ticket with nomination papers to the Election Commission.

Party-wise candidates, four candidates to contest from PkMAP ticket, Yousaf Khan Kakar and Sardar Shafiq Tareen for general category, Dr. Manaf Tareen for technocrat and Ms Abida Umar for women. National Party has fielded Muhammad Akram for general category, Nizam Uddin and Tahir Bizenjo for technocrat.

JUI-F’s Maulana Faiz Muhammad submitted for general seat, Advocate Kamran Murtaza for technocrat and Ms Sayed for women.  Amir Afzal Khan filed nomination papers from PML-N ticket for general category, Naseebullah for technocrat and Samina Mumtaz for women.

In addition, Nizamuddin Kakar filed papers for general seat from the ANP platform and Hamayun Aziz Kurd to contest on general seat from BNP.   “Applications of the candidates can be rejected if they failed to submit their party tickets at the end of papers scrutiny,” clarified the Provincial Election Commissioner.

Heated debate of horse-trading for Senate polls has gripped Balochistan political scenario ahead of Senate polls in March.