ISLAMABAD: The country is set to witness the second-ever handover of power to the third parliament in a row as newly elected members of the National Assembly take the oath today.
Outgoing Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will administer the oath to the newly elected members of parliament during its first session which is scheduled to start at 10:00am.
PTI chairman and the prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has arrived at parliament.
The maiden session of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies have also been summoned today.
According to proposed schedule, the leader of the lower house of parliament, who automatically becomes prime minister of the country, will be elected on August 17.
After the oath of MNAs, the elections of the speaker and deputy speaker of the National Assembly will be held on August 15. Candidates up for the coveted posts will file their nomination papers to the speaker office on August 14.
The NA speaker will be elected first after which he will conduct the election of the deputy speaker.
The deadline for the submission of the nominations for prime minister office is 2:00 pm on August 16 as the election of the PM will be held the next day (August 17). President Mamnoon Hussain will administer the oath to the prime minister after his election.
It is pertinent to mention here that the PTI has nominated party chief Imran Khan as its candidate for the prime minister office.
It has nominated Asad Qaiser for the post of speaker National Assembly, while the joint opposition, comprising 11 political parties, has fielded Syed Khursheed Shah for the post and Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s son Asadur Rehman for the post of deputy speaker.
The PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif has been named as the opposition’s candidate for the PM slot.