Returning officers to enjoy magisterial powers during Senate election

By: News Desk      Published: 11:01 PM, 22 Feb, 2021
Returning officers to enjoy magisterial powers during Senate election

The Election Commission of Pakistan has given extraordinary powers to the returning officers (ROs) for the Senate Election 2021.

The commission empowered these officers with magisterial authority to maintain order for ensuing free and fair polling for the upper house of the parliament.

Carrying weapons is banned and no one can take the ballot papers out of the fixed polling point.

The commission posted different returning officers (ROs) to all the province and national assemblies. Under the magisterial powers, the officers may send troublemakers to jail for a three-month jail and on the spot fines.

The ECP released the schedule for holding the Senate elections on March 3 after having done with the pre-polling day activities like filing nomination papers and scrutiny.

A total of 52 senators in the house of 104 are set to retire on March 11 on completion of their six-year term.

They will also include four of the eight senators from the tribal belt.  

As the seats representing Fata will not be filled due to the merger of the tribal areas with KP in May 2018, the Senate strength will shrink to 100.

The polling will be held to elect 48 senators, 12 each from KP and Balochistan, 11 each from Punjab and Sindh and two from Islamabad.

Polling will be held to elect seven members on general seats, two women and two technocrats in the four provinces.

The election on one minority seat each in KP and Balochistan will also be conducted.