Legal forums available for redressal of election-related complaints: Solangi

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ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi on Wednesday said that legal forums are available for the redressal of complaints regarding elections, ARY News reported.

Talking to journalists outside election commission s office here, the caretaker minister said that any candidate can approach the legal forums if they have any complaints.

Murtaza Solangi mentioned that the Balochistan Government was making all-out efforts to resolve issues under the country’s laws. He expressed hope that the people’s difficulties would soon come to an end.

Regarding the summoning of the National Assembly (NA) session, Solangi said the summary to convene the sitting of the House would be issued with his signature. He added that legally, the session would be summoned at an appropriate time.

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs mentioned that the Election Commission of Pakistan has to notify poll results within 14 days after the election.

He further stated that the President, under Article 91, can summon a session of the National Assembly within 21 days after elections.

He noted that these 21 days will be completed on the 29th of this month. Hence, a session of the National Assembly can be summoned at any time until the 29th of this month.

The Minister clarified that under the Constitution, any member of the National Assembly can contest for the offices of the Prime Minister, the Speaker, and the Deputy Speaker.

Uncertainty looms over Pakistan s political future as none of the major political parties – PML-N, PPP or the PTI-backed independent candidates – secured a simple majority in the National Assembly in the February 8 general elections.

Political stakeholders were making efforts to forge alliances and secure 169 seats in the 336-member lower house of parliament.

PTI-backed Independent candidates consolidated their lead in the general elections 2024 over mainstream political parties, especially in the National and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assemblies, throughout the result announcement process.

Read More: Elections 2024 Pakistan results: PTI-backed IND candidates lead in NA

According to the results announced so far, independent candidates have managed to win 101 seats. It is worth mentioning that out of these 101 independent candidates, 92 are supported by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf while nine are general independent candidates.

PML-N is in the second position with 75 seats, while the PPP has won 54 seats. The MQM-P won in 17 constituencies, JUI-F in four, PML-Q in three, while IPP and BNP won two seats each.

It is pertinent to mention here that PTI founder Imran Khan brushed off the possibility of forming a coalition government with PPP, PML-N or Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P).

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