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Majority vote required to elect new PM

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Published: August 2, 2018 05:30 pm

ISLAMABAD: Out of a total strength of 342 Members in the National Assembly, the Prime Minister or Leader of the House shall be elected through a majority vote, whereas the support of more than half of its members (over 171) is not compulsory to elect the new Premier.

According to Article 91 (4) of the Constitution, the Prime Minister shall be elected by the votes of the majority of the total membership of the National Assembly. Provided that, if no member secures such majority in the first poll, a second poll shall be held between the members who secure the two highest numbers of votes in the first poll and the member who secures a majority of votes of the members present and voting shall be declared to have been elected as Prime Minister: Provided further that, if the number of votes secured by two or more members securing the highest number of votes is equal, further poll shall be held between them until one of them secures a majority of votes of the members present and voting.

After general elections 2018 held on July 25 in 270 constituencies of the National Assembly, the current position of the parties in Lower House of the Parliament is that no one is in a position to form the government without seeking coalition with other political parties.

The maximum seats (116) in the 2018 general elections were won by PTI, followed by PML-N (64), PPPP (43), MMA (12), MQM-P (6), PML & BAP (4 each), BNP (3), GDA (2), JWP, ANP and AML (one each).

Seventy more seats, 60 reserved for women and 10 for non-Muslim minorities, will be allocated to each party under the following formula: (Total number of seats of a party/total number of seats in National Assembly X 60 Women Seats and Total number of seats of a party/total number of seats in National Assembly X 10 Minority Seats).

After the allocation of 342 seats, no party candidate would be in a position to get majority votes alone and the support of like-minded parties is crucial to get more than 50 percent votes’ majority. In case, a candidate can’t get more than 50 percent votes, a poll shall be held between the members who secure the two highest numbers of votes in the first poll and the member who secures a majority of votes of the members present shall be declared to have been elected as Prime Minister.

 

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