Despite winning the majority of seats in Karachi’s local government by-elections, no party has the 179 votes necessary for a simple majority to claim the position of mayor.
Even with an alliance with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), PPP will still require at least 22 seats.
PPP now holds 98 of the city’s seats, followed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) with 89 and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with 42; however, none of these parties has a simple majority.
Political experts believe there is a good chance of electing Karachi’s next mayor; however, since a party needs at least 124 seats in the city council (reserved seats excluded) to achieve the necessary majority for winning the mayoral election, the party will need to form coalitions.
Would require at least 22 seats after joining forces with JUI and PML-N. If JI and PTI teamed up, they would have a sizable majority with ease.
Reserved seats will now be distributed to parties after the direct phase of the municipal elections has concluded.
After the election on 246 direct seats and the distribution of 121 reserved seats in six categories, the House of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) would consist of 367 members.
One percent of seats in the House are set aside for transgender individuals (2), one percent for people with disabilities (2), 33 percent for women (81), five percent for youth (12), five percent for workers or farmers (12), and five percent for minorities (12).
The number of PPP members in the city council is likely to be 32 for women, five for youth, five for labourers, five for minorities, one for people with disabilities, and one for transgender people, according to the party’s current position on reserved seats.
In contrast, JI is expected to win 121 seats overall after receiving 28 seats for women, four for youth, four for labourers and farmers, four for minorities, and one for each person with a disability and transgender person.
In addition, the PTI is predicted to win 20 seats in the city council, while the PML-N is predicted to gain two reserved seats after winning seven UCs.
JUI, with two seats, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), and an independent candidate, each with one seat, are in last place.