Patriots 6th largest party in NA: EC
By Mohammad Kamran
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians-Patriots (PPPP-P), a group that defected from the PPPP, has been acknowledged by the Election Commission of Pakistan as the sixth largest party in the National Assembly with a total of 17 seats.
According to a recently issued party position published in a primary report on the 2002 general elections, the Election Commission placed the PPPP-P at number six because it has 17 seats. There are 17 representative parties in the National Assembly.
The Patriots surpass 11 political parties on the basis of the number of seats they hold. The Patriots did not exist at the time of the 2002 general elections.
All its present members returned to the assembly on the Parliamentarians’ platform. Just ahead of the election of the prime minister, a few members of the Parliamentarians defected and formed their own party PPP-P. Sources in the Election Commission told Daily Times that the Patriots have fulfilled the prerequisites for the formation of a new party. As such, its existence has been acknowledged, they said. “We have received the names of officials, a party manifesto and other required documents from the Patriots and have subsequently given them the status of a representative party in the National Assembly,” said the EC sources.