Pakistan Elections 2024: The country had elections last week, and no party was able to get enough seats to form a government on its own. As a result, there was a hung parliament. This sparked negotiations for a coalition administration between the 75-seat PML-N, the party of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and the 54-seat party of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, along with a few other minor parties.
Following the results, Nawaz Sharif pledged himself to “steering Pakistan away from political instability and towards a path of prosperity and resilience” as well as “putting the nation’s interest and well-being above everything” in a statement.
In the meanwhile, independent candidates with the support of former prime minister Imran Khan secured the most number of seats (93). In addition to looking for partners, his party, the PTI, is trying to build a government.
But how does the whole procedure operate? The Hindustan Times clarifies.
What transpires in Pakistan after elections?
Three weeks after the general election, Pakistan’s President is required to convene the general Assembly. Next, a new Speaker is chosen, and he or she calls for the prime minister of Pakistan to be chosen as the head of the house. The individual needs 169 of the 336 seats, or a simple majority, to do this.
Can more than one applicant participate in this process?
Yes, however a second vote is conducted between the top two candidates if none of them wins a majority in the first round. The rounds go on until a majority is secured by one individual.
And then what?
Following election, the PM introduces his cabinet and takes an oath of office. The new administration takes over from the caretaker prime minister, who is in charge of the elections.
What’s going on at the moment in Pakistan?
Thousands of Imran Khan fans and members of other political parties have been obstructing important roadways in protest of the alleged electoral manipulation that occurred last week. In several seats, PTI and other parties refused to concede their losses.