ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Candidates backed by the Pakistani ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), are leading the elections of the Senate, the country's upper house of parliament.
The candidates supported by the ruling party have so far secured 18 seats, by making a clean-sweep in the country's largest Punjab Province, by winning all 12 seats for the Senate elections, according to local reports.
The party's candidates also won both seats of the federal capital, apart from securing four seats from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and south-western Balochistan Province.
Pakistan People's Party won five seats from south Sindh Province, whereas, cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan's Tehreek-i-Insaf, managed to secure one seat from north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, so far.
Pakistan's Senate comprises 23 members from each province, eight from FATA and four members from Islamabad.
The Senate elections are held after every three years, to elect half seats that have completed their six-year term. The last elections were held in 2015, and the next will be conducted in 2021.
The contestants from provinces will be elected by members of provincial assemblies, respectively, while the aspirants from Islamabad and FATA, will get votes from members of the National Assembly, or the lower house of the country's parliament.
Source: Nam News Network