The ECP announced its verdict in a case related to the dissident members of the Punjab Assembly (MPAs).
PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz got 197 votes as opposed to the required number of 186 in the House of 371, meaning the support of PTI dissidents was key to his victory in the election for the chief minister's slot on April 16, 2022,
Hamza wouls now lose the majority as the dissidents have been de-seated.
The verdict gained special significance after the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Article 63(A), holding that the vote of dissident MPs cannot not be counted.
The dissidents had argued that since they did not get any clear policy guidelines from the parliamentary party and in the absence of any direction, the party can not move against them.
Who are the de-seated MPAs?
Raja Sagheer Ahmed
Malik Ghulam Rasool Sangha
Saeed Akbar Khan
Mohammad Ameen Zulqarnain
Nazeer Ahmed Khan
Haroon Imran Gill
Mohsin Ata Khan Khosa
Mian Khalid Mehmood
Mehr Mohammad Aslam