With the opposition parties in the parliament failing to reach a consensus on a joint candidate for the PM’s seat, there are six names in the race for the slot.
From the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) side, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Awami Muslim League chief, has submitted his nomination papers for the August 1 poll to elect the successor of Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified by the Supreme Court on Friday from holding any public office.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has refused to back the PTI candidate and its leaders, Khursheed Shah, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, and Naveed Qamar have filed their nomination papers.
Kishwar Zehra and Sahibzada Tariqullah of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and the Jamaat-e-Islami respectively too have submitted their papers.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has named Shehbaz Sharif as the successor of the ousted prime minister and nominated former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as an interim premier.
Abbasi too submitted his papers on Monday.
Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, after scrutinising their papers, have approved them.
Under the Constitution, the prime minister has to be elected by a majority of the 342-member lower house of parliament, which comes to 172 votes.
The PML-N and its coalition partners command a 209-seat majority in the assembly.