LAHORE:Punjab witnessed the biggest electoral upset in its history today when Peoples Party’s candidate Aslam Gul lost the Senate bid while independent Mohsin Leghari who secured 22 votes won the Senate seat thanks to the preferential votes.
Forty-six votes were required for 7 general Senate seats in Punjab and thus the voters cast the first, second and further votes after giving the first vote to their favorite candidates.
According to the counting procedure in case the desired 46 votes were not available then the candidate securing more than 46 votes gets the additional votes as per a described formula to the candidate who bagged the second top votes. And this process continues till the 46 votes are taken care of.
This is what happened in Punjab today: PP’s voters did not cast their preferential votes and, thus, Mohsin Leghari kept accumulating the second, the third and the fourth preferential votes. At the end he secured the required votes and won the Senate seat.
Mosin Leghari is important in many ways: To start with his nomination papers were rejected rejected; when the papers were restored by the court attempts were made to make him withdraw the candidature; then he manged to secured just 22 votes as the first preference but since he was destined to win all these obstacles kept evaporating in thin air to finally win the Senate seat.-UNS