When will the new Leader of the House be elected?

ISLAMABAD: After the success of the no-confidence motion, the National Assembly (NA) Secretariat has released the Assembly agenda.

According to sources, the election of the new Leader of the House in the National Assembly will be held on Monday, April 11, 2022. Nomination papers will be received from the Assembly Secretariat by 2 pm (local time) today.

Meanwhile, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly had resigned before voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan. On the other hand, Imran Khan left the Prime Minister’s House. Before leaving for Bani Gala, he met the staff of the Prime Minister’s House.

Following the success of the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister, the Speaker adjourned the sitting of the National Assembly and a new sitting of the National Assembly will be convened on the direction of the President in which the Leader of the House will be elected.

There is no clear instruction in the rules of the National Assembly in this regard but according to the tradition the Speaker has to convene a meeting of the National Assembly in two to three days. In the meantime, the President of Pakistan may, under Article 94 of the Constitution, ask him to fulfill his duties until the next Prime Minister is elected.

The election process of the Leader of the House will also include the process of scrutinizing the nomination papers of one or more candidates, after which the voting process will begin.

Similarly, a party that loses a no-confidence vote can nominate another candidate as well as re-nominate a person who has already lost. There is no restriction on this under the rules and regulations.

The decision of the Speaker National Assembly regarding rejection or acceptance of nomination papers will be final. The process of submitting and withdrawing nomination papers will be completed one day before the voting.

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