PTI ups lower house mem­ber tally to 158

Gulf Times - - PAKISTAN -

The Pak­istan Tehreeke-In­saf (PTI)’s tally has reached 158 mem­bers in the Na­tional Assem­bly (MNAs) af­ter bag­ging 33 seats re­served for women and mi­nori­ties, and nine in­de­pen­dents joined the Im­ran Khan-led party.

Out of the 60 re­served women seats, the PTI has clinched 28, fol­lowed by the Pak­istan Mus­lim League – Nawaz (PML-N) with 16 seats, the Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP) nine seats, the Mut­tahida Ma­jlis-e-Amal (MMA) two seats, and one seat each by the Baluchis­tan Awami Party (BAP), the Baluchis­tan Na­tional Party (BNP), the Grand Demo­cratic Alliance (GDA), the Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment (MQM), and the Pak­istan Mus­lim League – Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q).

Sim­i­larly, out of the 10 re­served seats for mi­nori­ties, the PTI took five, fol­lowed by two each by the PPP and PML-N, and one by the MMA.

If the num­ber of MNAs of the PTI and its al­lied par­ties are counted, the to­tal comes to 184 in the 339-strong lower house.

In ad­di­tion to this, four in­de­pen­dent MNAs-elect are also poised to sup­port the PTI, there­fore mak­ing the strength of the PTI and its al­lies 188.

How­ever, the PTI will not be fac­ing a weak op­po­si­tion, as the strength of arch-ri­val PML-N and its al­lies comes to 151.

The prom­i­nent women who would be MNAs on re­served seats in­clude Dr Shireen Mazari, Mu­naza Has­san, and An­daleeb Ab­bas of the PTI, Tahira Au­rangzeb, Shaista Pervez, for­mer in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Mar­riyum Au­rangzeb, Zahra Wadood Fatemi, the wife of for­mer spe­cial as­sis­tant to the PM on for­eign af­fairs Tariq Fatemi, Mus­sarat Asif Khawaja, for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Hina Rab­bani Khar, for­mer re­li­gious af­fairs min­is­ter Sh­agufta Jum­mani, Shazia Marri, and for­mer sen­a­tor Ru­bina Ir­fan.

The Na­tional Assem­bly has a to­tal of 342 seats: 272 gen­eral seats, 60 seats re­served for women, and 10 re­served for mi­nori­ties.

The July 25 elec­tions were only held in 270 con­stituen­cies as the polls in NA-60 Rawalpindi were post­poned fol­low­ing the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of PML-N leader Hanif Ab­basi, while elec­tions in NA-103 (Faisal­abad) had been put off af­ter the death of a can­di­date.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the suc­cess of Fida Dero of the PPP from NA215 (Sang­har) has been with­held by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan, thus only the re­sults of 339 NA con­stituen­cies have so far been an­nounced.

Out of the to­tal 141 gen­eral seats of the Na­tional Assem­bly in Pun­jab, polls took place for 139, with the PML-N and the PTI clinch­ing 61 and 60 seats, re­spec­tively.

How­ever, all seven in­de­pen­dently-elected MNAs from the province joined the PTI, and the party was able to get 16 re­served seats for women as against 15 by the PML-N, out of the to­tal 33 seats.

The PPP and the PML-Q, which had won six and four gen­eral seats from the province, re­spec­tively, re­ceived one each of the two left­over re­served seats for women.

There are 14 re­served seats of women from Sindh, out of which eight went to the PPP, four to the PTI, and one each by the MQM and the GDA.

Out of the nine re­served women NA seats from Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI got seven while the PML-N and the MMA se­cured one each.

There are four re­served NA seats for women from Baluchis­tan, the PTI, the MMA, the BAP, and the BNP se­cured one seat each.

The fi­nal party po­si­tion af­ter the al­lo­ca­tion of re­served seats for women and mi­nori­ties in the Na­tional Assem­bly shows that there will be a tough con­test dur­ing the elec­tions for the key of­fices of speaker, deputy speaker, and prime min­is­ter in the com­ing days.

The PTI has al­ready nom­i­nated for­mer Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Assem­bly speaker Asad Qaiser for the of­fice of NA speaker, and he will face the PPP’s Syed Khur­sheed Shah, a joint can­di­date of the newly-formed 11-party alliance named the Pak­istan Alliance for Free and Fair Elec­tions.

Sim­i­larly, PTI chair­man Im­ran Khan will be up against PML-N pres­i­dent She­hbaz Sharif for the of­fice of the prime min­is­ter.

The PTI se­cured 158 seats in the lower house of par­lia­ment, but this num­ber is cer­tainly go­ing to de­crease as the ECP has al­ready asked those mem­bers who have won from more than one con­stituency to re­tain only one seat.

Such mem­bers will have to send their res­ig­na­tions to the ECP be­fore tak­ing their oath as MNAs to­day.

When such MNAs-elect va­cate their ad­di­tional seats, the ac­tual num­ber of the PTI seats in the NA will come down to 152.

Sim­i­larly, the PML-Q’s Chaudhry Pervez Elahi won two NA seats in ad­di­tion to a Provin­cial Assem­bly (PA) seat.

As he has de­cided to re­tain his PA seat af­ter he was nom­i­nated for the of­fice of Pun­jab Assem­bly speaker, the PML-Q will also lose two seats in the NA, leav­ing the party with only three mem­bers.

Since the PML-Q is an ally of the PTI, Im­ran Khan’s party will also lose two more votes in the cru­cial par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

The par­ties which have ei­ther al­ready an­nounced their sup­port to the PTI or are ex­pected to vote for the PTI nom­i­nees are the MQM with seven seats, the PML-Q and the BAP with five seats each, the BNP (four seats), the GDA (three), and the Awami Mus­lim League and Jamhoori Watan Party (with one seat each).

Be­sides them, nine in­de­pen­dents have joined the PTI.

Four in­de­pen­dents, who have de­cided to main­tain their in­de­pen­dent sta­tus, are also ex­pected to vote for the PTI.

Thus, the PTI should get 180 votes in all the elec­tions against 151 votes of the can­di­dates of the joint op­po­si­tion.

The PML-N, with 82 seats, is the largest party in the op­po­si­tion group, fol­lowed by PPP (53 seats), the MMA (15 seats), and the ANP (one seat).

The PML-N’s Hamza She­hbaz won both a Na­tional Assem­bly and a Pun­jab Assem­bly seat.

If he de­cides to va­cate the NA seat, the op­po­si­tion’s tally will re­duce to 150.

Im­ran Khan: will face the PML-N’s She­hbaz Sharif for the coun­try’s top of­fice.

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