National Assembly to elect prime minister on March 3

National Assembly to elect prime minister on March 3


Nomination papers to be cleared by 3pm on Saturday

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ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The schedule for the election of the top slot of prime minister of Pakistan has been announced. 

Citing the schedule released by the National Assembly Secretariat, Dunya News reports that the election for the coveted position will take place on March 3 (Sunday).

As per the schedule, aspiring candidates can obtain nomination papers by 2:00 pm on March 2 (Saturday), and the completion of scrutiny of the nomination papers will be ensured the same day by 3:00 pm.

The schedule indicates that the National Assembly will take up on other business on the day of election for the prime minister of Pakistan.

The PML-N has picked Shehbaz Sharif and the PTI-SIC has chosen Omar Ayub for the position of PM. For victory, a candidate must secure 169 votes.

In terms of parliamentary representation, the PML-N holds the leading position in the National Assembly with 108 seats, followed by the PTI-SIC with 81 seats. The PPP, an ally of the PML-N, holds the third spot with 68 seats.

The National Assembly comprises 366 seats, including 60 reserved for women and 10 for minorities. The seat count has been adjusted following the merger of FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas].

The election for the position of PM in the National Assembly will follow the appointment of the speaker and deputy speaker which will take place on March 1 (Friday). 

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Earlier on Thursday, MNAs-elect took their oaths from outgoing Speaker Raja Parvez Ashraf during the maiden sitting of the inaugural session of the National Assembly. 

The session, which was scheduled for 10:00 am, commenced with a delay of more than an hour.