MPs asked to vacate additional seats before oath taking

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Shahbaz, Bilawal, Khursheed to be invited to Imran’s oath-taking: Fawad

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Election Commission of Pakistan on Saturday directed candidates elected to multiple national or provincial assembly seats during July 25 elections to resign from seats except the one they wish to retain. A notification issued by the commission stated that as per Article 223 (3) of the Constitution, all candidates elected on multiple seats in the national or provincial assemblies will have to tender their resignations before they take the oath of membership for the assemblies.
The resignation shall be addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner and shall be delivered either in person or through authorised agent to the ECP Secretariat, Islamabad or in the offices of provincial election commissioners Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, the notification read. This means the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will lose six seats in the National Assembly. PTI chief Imran Khan will vacate Bannu, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad seats, as he has decided to retain the Mianwali seat. Meanwhile, PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry, speaking to media said, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah will be invited to Imran Khan’s oath-taking as Prime Minister.
“The heads of all parliamentary parties will be invited to the oath-taking ceremony,” Chaudhry told media persons at Bani Gala on Saturday. “Parliament is the most important state institution in a democracy. Our Prime Minister will be answerable to the house,” he said. “We will work with the opposition parties to strengthen the parliament and give serious consideration to their demands,” he said. He said that the PTI administration would cut spendings of lavish Prime Minister House, governor houses and Chief Secretary houses.
Chaudhry said a meeting of Punjab Assembly members has been called on August 14 to finalize the name of chief minister. He also admitted that there were security issues regarding residence of Imran Khan. “We will share more details about Khan’s residence after getting security report,” he said.

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