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PTI’s Waleed Iqbal, Seemi Aizdi win Senate by-election

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LAHORE: Both Senate seats from Punjab on which by-election were held today (Thursday) were won by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Waleed Iqbal won on a general seat and Seemi Aizdi emerged winner on a reserved seat for women, following the vote count after 5pm.

The seats fell vacant after the de-notification of Saadia Abbasi, the sister of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and Haroon Akhtar as members of the Parliament for possessing dual nationality.

The PTI members were contesting against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Saud Majeed and Saira Afzal Tarar.

Iqbal won with 184 votes, while Majeed secured 176 votes.

On the women’s seat, Aizdi was able to get 183 votes while Tarar got 175 votes.

A total of 358 votes were cast in the by-election.

Polling for the vacant Senate seats commenced at the Punjab Assembly building in Lahore at 9am and concluded at 4pm.

The ruling PTI cast 179 votes while 10 PML-Q members cast their vote.

Further, by-election on one provincial seat PB-5 Dukki and one National Assembly seat NA-258 are also being held today.

Polling has ended on both seats and vote count is under way.

All 23 polling stations of NA-258 and 75 of PB-5 have been declared highly sensitive.

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