NA Deputy Speaker election on April 20
The seat fell vacant after DS Qasim Suri resigned from the post following no-confidence motion submitted against him by PML-N
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly will elect Deputy Speaker on April 20, according to the schedule issued by the NA Secretariat on Monday.
The nomination papers can be obtained from the Legislative Branch of the Lower House of Parliament and submitted with the Secretary National Assembly till April 19 (Tuesday) at 12 p.m.
The seat fell vacant after Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri resigned from the post following the no-confidence motion submitted against him by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
It may be mentioned that Pakistan Peoples Party’s Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was elected 22nd Speaker of the National Assembly unopposed on April 16 as no other candidate had submitted nomination papers against him. Earlier to this, In his inaugural speech here on Saturday, unopposed elected 22nd Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan Raja Pervaiz Ashraf vowed to uphold constitutional and Parliamentary supremacy.
He said that the House represents the masses and it would be his utmost priority to revive the sanctity and impartiality of this sacred Parliament.
He said, “This is Diamond Jubilee Year of this homeland and this election will be historic and memorable in the sense that it is the first event in the history of our country that a former Prime Minister was elected for this post.”
Speaker Raja Pervaiz Asharf said that he would maintain the impartiality expected from the office of the Speaker and the tolerance associated with this important position.
He also remarked that as “Custodian of the House” he would uphold the supremacy of the Parliament.
While referring the quotation of Speaker Lenthal who defended his five members in 1642 in the presence of a power-hungry tyrant, Charles Land he told the king in no uncertain terms: “In this House I have no eye of my own to see, nor any language of my own to speak except the one which this House shows me and calls me. In this House I am only the servant and faithful of this House. “
He said that it is the reason that the word custodian does not appear anywhere in our constitution or in the rules and regulations of the National Assembly but this role is an integral part of the position of Speaker.