ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The election for the National Assembly Speaker will take place at the Lower House of the Parliament in Islamabad on Monday at which competition will be between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Shafqat Mehmood.
The seat of the National Assembly Speaker became vacant after the Election Tribunal in Lahore on August 22 in its verdict regarding the alleged rigging in Lahore’s NA-122 constituency, disqualified Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
Later by-election was held in the constituency which was won by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq by a thin margin of 2,400 against PTI’s Aleem Khan.
The ruling PML-N has again nominated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while the PTI has nominated Shafqat Mehmood for the seat of Speaker National Assembly.
“We have unanimously decided to field our MNA from Lahore, Shafqat Mahmood and he will file his nomination papers when a schedule is announced by the election commission,” the PTI vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while speaking to media in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has already announced its support for Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the Speaker.
The election for Speaker NA will be held on Monday whereas nomination papers will be submitted and examined on Sunday.
Four newly elected MNAs take oath
Meanwhile, four more newly-elected Members of National Assembly including former Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, PML-N’s Babar Nawaz and Riaz-ul Haq Judge, and PPP’s Shahzia Soomro on Friday took oath by pledging loyalty to the country and the Constitution.
The Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi administered the oath to the newly elected members as the proceedings of the 25th sessions started.