ECP de-seats 25 PTI dissident MPAs HAMZA SHEHBAZ’S SEAT BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP SEA

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ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) unseated 25 dissident members of PTI while announcing its verdict in a case pertaining to dissident members of Punjab Assembly (MPAs).

ECP announced unanimous verdict while accepting reference submitted by Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi against PTI’s dissident members who voted for Hamza Shehbaz in election of Punjab Chief Minister. “MPAs defected from party by voting in favour of Hamza,” ECP said in verdict. In election for chief minister’s slot on April 16, 2022, PML-N leader Hamza received 197 votes as opposed to required number of 186 in House of 371, meaning support of PTI’s dissident members was crucial for his victory. Hamza will now lose majority as seats of dissident members have become vacant.