The Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday announced to hold of by-poll elections on PTI 33 vacant National Assembly (NA) seats.
According to details, the ECP will hold by-polls on 33 NA seats by 16th March 2023, for which papers from nominees can be received by 6th to 8th February.
National Assembly seats were vacant earlier this month as Speaker Raja Parvez Ashraf accepted the resignations of 34 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers including Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid.
After their resignations were accepted by the National Assembly Speaker, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) also starts identifying Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
It is to be pertinent that after Imran Khan announces his party returned to the National Assembly in order to bring a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, In a Surprise move Speaker National Assembly start accepting resignations in order to restrict PTI from bringing a no-confidence motion in Assembly against PM Shehbaz Sharif.
The whole PTI resigned last year in April after the ouster of the Imran Khan government.
Last week Speaker NA accepted 43 more resignations of PTI lawmakers bringing the number of resignations to 113.
PTI to Withdrawn Resignations
Last week PTI decided and ordered the remaining 44 MNAs to withdraw their resignations. PTI Secretary General Asad Umar on Monday announced that 44 Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) MNAs have decided to withdraw their resignations.
Asad Umar in his tweet said the PTI has been demanding the NA speaker to accept all the resignations in one go but Mr. Ashraf remained reluctant to do the same as he announced to approve the resignations one by one after meeting with the lawmakers.
PTI senior leader Asad Umar said an email has been sent regarding resignations to the NA speaker and the next step would be to replace dissident Raja Riaz as leader of the opposition.