Senate Elections 2015: An Assessment and the Way Forward (Bridging the Gap between Research and Policy ; CPPG Launches its Policy Brief Series)

April 7, 2015

Policy Brief

Dr. Saeed Shafqat


The Senate Elections were held on March 3rd 2015. These were the 12th Senate elections. The first elections of the Senate were held in 1973 and the second in 1975. The Senate and its members have six years term but fifty percent retire after three years and mid term elections are held to fill these seats. In 1977 the military regime of General Zia-ul Haque dissolved the Senate. With the restoration of democracy in 1985, the Senate was re-created. Then again midterm elections were held to fill the fifty percent seats in 1988, 1991, 1994 and 1997. In 1999, once again the military regime of General Pervez Musharraf dissolved the Senate. It remained dissolved for four years and was re-created in 2003. Subsequent mid-term elections were held in 2006, 2009 and 2012 and now in 2015.