Hamza Shahbaz or Pervez Elahi: Election for CM Punjab to take place today

The election for the new chief minister of Punjab will take place today (Saturday) on the orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC) amid intense political activity by the rival groups to bag the top slot.

The session where the members of the Punjab Assembly will vote to elect the new provincial chief will be chaired by Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari.

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A tough competition is expected between the two candidates — Hamza Shahbaz and Parvez Elahi. Hamza is the joint candidate of PML-N and other coalition parties, while PML-Q’s Elahi is being backed by PTI.

The April 16 session is being held in line with the LHC’s Wednesday order, wherein it rejected Hamza’s plea to hold the early elections and restored the powers of the deputy speaker.

The deputy speaker — whose powers were withdrawn last week — was asked by the court to hold the election on April 16.

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