How many seats are required to secure simple majority?

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ISLAMABAD: A daylong polling process concluded on Thursday for Pakistan’s General Election 2024 overall in a peaceful manner, with active participation from all age group voters who came out in droves to elect candidates of their choice.

Meanwhile, the counting of votes was underway with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) saying the commission was committed to ensuring timely announcement of the election results.

In the intricate landscape of the National Assembly (NA), the magic number for political supremacy is a straightforward 169 seats for securing simple majority out of the 336 total seats, which include reserved slots for women and minorities.

This uncomplicated majority is the golden ticket that political parties aim to secure to wield influence in the legislative powerhouse.

The National Assembly boasts a total of 266 seats, with 265 dedicated to general representation.

However, a hiccup in the electoral process arose when the polling for one seat had to be postponed due to the unfortunate demise of a candidate. This incident brought the effective count down to 265 at present.

Read More: Pakistan General Elections 2024 Live Results and Updates

For those keeping score, a party aspiring to clinch a simple majority needs to secure precisely 169 seats. This means having the backing of more than half of the available seats, allowing them to steer the course of legislative decisions in their favour.

It is important to note that the significance of these numbers transcends mere mathematics; it represents the power dynamic that can shape the future course of the nation.

With the focus on the clear-cut goal of 169 seats, political maneuvers and strategies intensify as parties jockey for position in the race for control.

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