Shahbaz Sharif set to become PML-N president unopposed
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is poised to be elected PML-N president unopposed on Tuesday.
The post of party president was left vacant last month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from the position by the apex court.
Shahbaz, who is currently serving as the party’s interim president, submitted his nomination papers for the presidency today.
He is the only nominee for the position of party head, but a formal announcement regarding his victory will be made at the party’s General Council meeting in Islamabad, during which voting for the party’s president will also take place, according to Law Minister and PML-N’s Chief Election Commissioner Mahmood Bashir Virk.
Both Shahbaz Sharif, and the party’s ‘supreme leader’ Nawaz Sharif, are expected to be present at the GC meeting.
The PML-N has been facing a leadership crisis since the apex court, in its July 28 Panama Papers judgement, ordered Nawaz’s disqualification from public office and he was removed as party head.
However, with the speedy passage of the Elections Act 2017 ─ which amended the requirements necessary for top party leadership to possess ─ Nawaz managed to retake party leadership. But he was removed again from the post after the court ruled in February this year that a disqualified person is ineligible to lead a party.
Mismanagement was observed at the polling venue earlier as party workers attempting to enter but were prevented from doing so by security personnel at the Convention Centre.
Workers then resorted to violence, breaking glass doors at the venue, causing some workers and leaders to receive injuries.