KARACHI: The newly elected members of Sindh Assembly took oath on Wednesday in inaugural session of the house in Karachi.
The outgoing Sindh Assembly speaker Nisar Khuhro administered the oath from the 158 newly elected members who have to represent the people of their respective constituencies in the house for the next five years.
Earlier, the first session of the 14th Sindh Assembly which came into being following the May 11 general election began on Wednesday morning.
Of the 130 general seats, elections were held in 128 constituencies. However, results of 120 lawmakers have been notified and they have taken oath in the maiden session.
The results of the remaining eight MPAs-elect have been withheld either for re-polling or by the high court.
According to official figures, the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) has 66 members, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) 35, the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) nine, the Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) seven and the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) has three members.
There are 61 new faces in the house.
Saniya Baloch and Perveen Aziz Junejo of the PPP are the only two women to get elected from as many general seats.
Of the 61 new MPAs, 31 are from the PPP, 20 from the MQM, four belong to the PML-F and three are associated with the PTI.
There are total 38 reserved seats that include 29 for women and nine for minorities. The total strength of the Sindh Assembly is 168.
According to the order of the day, after administering the oath to the assembly members, the nomination forms for contesting the election of the speaker and the deputy speaker can be collected from the office of the acting secretary of the assembly.
The forms will be received by the secretary on the same day until 4pm in his office and after scrutiny a list of valid candidates will be displayed at 6pm on the assembly notice board.
Election for the posts of the speaker and the deputy speaker will be held on Thursday.