ISLAMABAD - Shazia Marri would be the senior-most candidate for National Assembly membership on the reserved women seat to be vacated following the resignation of Sherry Rehman, who has been made Ambassador to US, it is learnt. However, Mari is unlikely to accept the NA slot. The seniority list of the PPP proposed candidates for the National Assembly membership on women reserved seats submitted in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) reveals that Sindhs Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Shazia Mari is the foremost choice for the NA slot. She is followed by Ruqaiya Soomro, Surraiya Jatoi and Yasmin Siddique. Following her appointment as Pakistans Ambassador to the US on Wednesday, Sherry is expected to tender resignation anytime sooner. Sources in the NA Secretariat claimed that Sherry had resigned from National Assembly Thursday night but these reports could not be verified as she was not answering calls or responding to texts. Member PPP Central Executive Committee (CEC) Qazi Sultan Mahmood told TheNation that the decision to nominate any candidate for filling in the vacant seat has not been taken as yet. I dont think Shazia Mari would be interested in the NA seat, Mahmood said. An incumbent federal minister from PPP, wishing to stay unnamed, told this scribe that the PPP would pick anyone for MNA-ship from Ruqaiya Soomro, Surraiya Jatoi and Yasmin Siddique. Mari is definitely not a choice, we need her in Sindh, he said. According to the ECP rules, the top proposed candidate in the seniority list for parliamentary reserved seats from the ruling party automatically gets elevated as a parliamentarian in case any reserved seat (women, minorities, technocrats) falls vacant at National or the provincial assemblies or Senate. However, due to the tug-of-war between the proposed candidates, the elevation of a parliamentarian considering the seniority factor at reserved seats often falls to controversies. In April this year, following the killing of Minorities Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a controversy had erupted between two PPP members from minority wing, the then Senator Khatumal Jeevan and Micahel Javaid for grabbing the NA seat fell vacant after Bhattis assassination. The PPP leadership had nominated Khatumal Jeevan for the NA seat after having him resigned from the Senate. This prompted Michael Javaid to move ECP against Jeevans nomination. Jeevan was senior-most in the PPP seniority list reserved for proposed MNAs from minorities followed by Javaid. Michael Javaid had contended that Jeevan, under ECP rules, was obligated to get his name removed from the NA seniority list once he became a Senator. Javaid also argued that Jeevan was under obligation to notify NA Secretariat in this regard. Jeevan stance was that there was no such requirement under existing election laws. After months long hearing, the ECP decided in Khatumal Jeevans favour. Meanwhile, ECP sources said that the NA Secretariat has still not notified the Election Commission about Shah Mahmood Qureshis resignation from National Assemblys constituency NA-148 Multan. Reportedly, Speaker NA Fehmida Mirza has not accepted Qureshis resignation as yet. Once Qureshis resignation is accepted and the ECP is notified, it would hold by-polls in the NA-148 within 60 days, as per the electoral laws.