The Punjab Assembly has a total of 371 seats, of which 20 are currently on the ballot after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) unseated 25 provincial lawmakers for voting against party lines during the recent election for the province’s chief minister.
Earlier today, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the recounting of votes for the election of the Punjab chief minister held in April, instructing that the votes of the 25 defecting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members should not be counted.
A tough contest is expected between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PTI in the by-polls, scheduled to be held on July 17.
The ruling PML-N has a majority of 165 members. However, two of its lawmakers had previously rebelled against the party leadership. This leaves the party with only 163 MPAs.
On the other hand, the PTI has 158 MPAs in the provincial assembly. However, the LHC had ordered the ECP to allot five reserved seats to the party. This will bring PTI’s number to 163.
There are five independent lawmakers in the House, including former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, who is unlikely to vote.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has seven lawmakers while the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) has 10 seats. There is also one member of Rah-e-Haq party in the House.