ISLAMABAD, May 22: Though a significant number of candidates have managed to win the elections for the first time, the new National Assembly is still expected to be dominated by old faces.
An analysis of results of 263 general NA seats (won by 256 candidates) announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan shows that a total of 119 members will be taking oath as MNAs for the first time after winning the elections on general seats.
Prominent among those who have won more than one NA constituency are Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Javed Hashmi and Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
The percentage of the newcomers in the NA comes to over 46 per cent. The complexion of the lower house, however, can be changed after the notification of 70 more MNAs to be made members on reserved seats for women and minorities. Besides new faces, a number of seasoned and veteran parliamentarians will be taking oath as members of the 14th National Assembly.
Makhdoom Amin Fahim of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has a unique record of returning to the parliament as an MNA for the ninth time since 1970 and also has the honour to be the only member in the new assembly to have voted for the original constitution of 1973.
PML-N stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also has the distinction of winning the eighth consecutive NA elections since 1985. Though Mr Fahim has won nine elections, he has won seven polls consecutively since his PPP had boycotted the party-less polls of 1985.
Besides them, Nawaz Sharif, Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, Syed Khurshid Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Nawab Yousuf Talpur, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Aftab Sherpao, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ijazul Haq, Zahid Hamid, Ahsan Iqbal, Rai Mansab Ali and Riaz Pirzada are among those members who have returned to the NA for more than twice.
Almost all the mainstream parties had awarded tickets to a number of new entrants to politics, but the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which has emerged as the largest party in the National Assembly after the May 11 elections, is leading in introducing 54 new faces to the parliament, followed by 21 members from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and 10 members from the PPP.
There are 13 independent candidates who have won the election for the first time without the support of any political party. The urban Sindh-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has also introduced seven new faces to the NA.