The final week of this month is set for the swearing-in ceremony of the National Assembly’s newly-elected members. This event coincides with the assembly’s first session, scheduled for February 29. Under the guidance of Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the oath will be administered to the new MNAs.
Newly elected members are mandated to disclose their election expenses within ten days of their victory. Non-compliance will lead to suspending their success notification, typically issued within 14 days following their win. Subsequently, allocations for 60 women and 10 non-Muslim seats will be made.
Election Aftermath and Prime Minister Selection
The official election results trigger three days during which independent MNAs may affiliate with a party of their choosing in Parliament. Constitutionally, the National Assembly session must convene within 21 days after the election, a timeline also applicable for the president to summon the session after the election results or notification issuance.
The election process for the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and, subsequently, the Prime Minister involves a secret ballot. Anticipation builds for the new Prime Minister to commence duties in March’s first week. The assembly’s division into two sections facilitates the Prime Minister’s election, adhering to a majority vote requirement. Further polling ensures the selection of a Prime Minister in cases of a tie, as outlined in Section 91(4) of the Constitution.