ISLAMABAD, Aug. 9 (TNS): As many as 28 independent winning candidates of the National Assembly officially notified the Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday of joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, local media quoting officials reported on Thursday.
According to ECP, since the electoral body has officially notified the public and winners from almost all the constituencies, 815 out of 849, and issued notifications, the process of joining parties has officially begun.
The independent winners had three days from the announcement to officially ally themselves with political parties and officially notify the electoral body.
Thursday was the last day for them to officially join parties. However, the victory notifications of 34 constituencies have been stayed by ECP for various reasons including pending cases and delayed polls.
According to sources within the election body, winners now have until 4pm to make the final decisions. Sources also reveal that 29 notifications have been received by the ECP out of which 28 are of those joining the PTI.