What options do the candidates nominated by Imran Khan have after the election victory?

Tehreek-e-Insaf activists protest against rigging in the 2024 general elections, outside the RO office in Hyderabad on February 9, 2024. – PPI

The results of the 2024 elections surprised everyone: the party founded by Imran Khan emerged as a key player at the Center and in two provincial assemblies.

According to unofficial results, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed candidates have won nearly 100 seats in the National Assembly and 116 in the Punjab Assembly.

However, in Khyber Pakhtnwnka, the party has a two-thirds majority and won 81 seats out of 113 contested on February 8.

These candidates are technically independent since their party was stripped of its electoral symbol.

These independents are now required to join a party within three days of being notified as winning candidates under rule 92(6) of the Electoral Act 2017.

What options do the candidates nominated by Imran Khan have after the election victory?

They can also form a group but then they will not be able to get reserved seats. There are 60 seats reserved for women and 10 for minorities in the chamber of 342.

Gazette notification of newly elected members of the National Assembly must be published within 14 days of election day.

After its issuance, before the convening of the first session of the National Assembly, the Electoral Commission will determine the division of 60 seats reserved for women and 10 seats reserved for minorities between the parties.

It is important to note that no independent member is required by law to join a party.

Another option for them is to form a group with whatever name they want and, if they stay true to their oath and choose to sit in the opposition seats, they can put anyone in the group in the office of the opposition leader in the National Congress . Assembly.

PTI-backed elected MNAs set to join 'small political party'

Journalist Majid Nizami on Saturday said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf- (PTI), supported by Independent Members of the National Assembly (MNAs), who have been declared winners in their respective constituencies, are likely to join a small political party in the following days. come.

Commenting on the post-election political situation, he said the elected MNAs could also form a separate bloc in the assembly or join any political party registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

The PTI-affiliated candidates were still busy thinking of a strategy for future alliances and hence were yet to take any decision, Nizami said.

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