ISLAMABAD – The number of PTI seats in the National Assembly has swelled to 158 with the inclusion of 33 reserved seats for women and minorities, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
According to the electoral watchdog, the PTI’s number in the NA increased to 125 after nine out of 13 independent candidates who won the election joined the PTI. Following the formula laid down in the constitution, the PTI has now been allotted as many as 28 reserved women and five minority seats in the lower house of the parliament, taking its total seats to 158.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which bagged 64 general seats in the parliamentary elections, will get two minority seats and 16 women seats, taking its final tally to 82 seats in the 342-member house.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) remains third with 53 general seats after being allotted two seats reserved for minorities and nine reserved for women. The Bilawal Bhutto-led party had bagged 42 general seats on July 25.
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) will have fifteen members in the house with 12 general seats, two women and a minority member.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), Balochistan National Party (BNP) and Balochistan Awami Party (BANP) will receive one women reserved seat each.
The first session of the 15th National Assembly has been summoned on August 13 (Monday), while the election for the new prime minister is expected to take place on August 17 (Friday).
PTI, which swept the July 25 general elections by winning 116 general seats, requires a simple majority of votes from the number of lawmakers present in the house to elect party chairman Imran Khan as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan.