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Lahore High Court orders re-election for Punjab Chief Minister 

Lahore High Court orders re-election for Punjab Chief Minister 

By Mashal Khan 

 

ISLAMABAD : The Lahore High Court on Thursday ordered to exclude 25 dissident PTI MPA votes from elections held on April 16 in the Punjab Assembly when elected Hamza Shehbaz as Chief Minister of the province and directed to recount the votes.

 

A five-member bench comprising Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, Justice Shahid Jamil Khan, Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry, Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh announced the verdict with a 4-1 majority, according to Dawn.

 

The court ruled that if Hamza's votes were less than the sample majority of 186 votes then the election will be held again under Article 130(4), unless another candidate has majority votes.

 

The court verdict apparently paved way for Hamza to be re-elected if the election will be held under Article 130 as some lawmakers of PTI are currently abroad. 

Currently, the party position in the Punjab assembly is below.

 

PTI  158 

PNL Q - 10 

If the election commission issue the notification of five PTI lawmakers on reserved seats then their strength will go up to 173.

 

 

PML N.  165

PPP.         7

 

Total    172

 

 

Ind: 5

RHQ party 1

 

 

In April 16 election, five rebel lawmakers of PML N didn't vote to Hamza, if they abstained again during the fresh election then PML-N and PPP strength would decline to 167.

 

However, four independents voted for Hamza in April 16 elections. 

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