The National Assembly Secretariat on Wednesday announced that new speaker will be elected on April 22 during the session at 3 pm.

According to the announcement, the session that was set to take place on April 16 will now be held on April 22 (Friday).

The NA Secretariat said that the schedule was changed by acting speaker Qasim Suri under Rule 49 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

According to the revised schedule, the nomination papers for the office of the speaker will be submitted on April 15 (tomorrow).

The speaker’s seat has been lying vacant following the resignation of Asad Qaiser on April 9 who announced to quit while refusing to conduct voting on the no-confidence resolution against Imran Khan.

Qasim Suri is retaining his assembly membership and the deputy speaker slot on the order of the apex court. There would be secret balloting for the election of the speaker as per Rule 9 of Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

The joint candidate of the allied government is likely to be elected unopposed as resignations of the members of the PTI have been received by the NA Secretariat. However, the chair will announce the name of a successful candidate during proceedings of the House.

The leadership of the PPP, which has been offered the slot of the speaker, will consider nominating former prime minister Raja Parvaiz Ashraf or Syed Naveed Qamar for the slot.

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