PESHAWAR – Who will form the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is the talk of the town as independent candidates are coming together to find a way to meet the required numbers for a particular government.
A total of 73 members are needed in parliament to form a government in the province; however, independent candidates secured 91 of the 113 seats, with 89 of the 91 seats going to PTI-backed independent candidates.
A close friend of former KP Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ghani said, “He (Mushtaq Ghani) is a strong candidate for the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly, while the names of Ali Amin Gandapur and Atif Khan are being discussed as strong candidates for the KP Chief Minister.”
On the condition that he not be named, he said: “The Electoral Commission will issue Form 49 in a day or two and it was said that independent candidates must join the party within three days of the form being issued. 49.”
He said, “After three days, the independent candidate will be considered as an independent MPA for the next five years.”
Asked about government formation by independent candidates, he said, “In case of forming their own government, independent candidates will lose 30 reserved seats, of which 26 are reserved for women and four for minorities.”
He said, “For such seats, an independent candidate must be part of a political party.”