The Pakistani elections are scheduled for the 8th of February

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani elections are scheduled for the 8th of February. It was agreed upon in this week that the next general election in the country will be held in February 2024 in all provinces and towns of Pakistan by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Sikandar Sultan Raja.

As a result of the meeting between an ECP delegation led by Chief Electoral Commissioner Raja and Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan at the President’s Secretariat, which took place after a meeting with Alvi to discuss the poll date.

In the statement, the statement stated that there was an unanimous decision that the election would be held on Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m.

As per the Supreme Court order, both sides met to discuss the election date for tomorrow (Friday) and inform the SC about the poll date. This meeting had been arranged on orders from the Supreme Court, which instructed the election commission to consult with the president.

There is no doubt that there will be timely polls across the country, as the Election Commission of Pakistan – during today’s hearing of petitions demanding timely polls across the country – had told the top court that the polls would take place on February 11, but the SC asked the commission to consult with the president regarding this.

The decision will be informed to the top court by AGP Awan and CEC Raja following a consensus reached.

It has been ordered by the court that the AGP must arrange the meeting between the ECP and Alvi, provide the president with a copy of the court order, and be available to render assistance during the meeting.

Earlier, the top court made a statement saying in the order that they expected that a date would be established for holding the general elections, and that this court would be made aware of that tomorrow (Friday).

Responses from the PTI, PPP, and PML-N

It was unanimously welcomed that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced that elections in the country would be held on February 11, 2024, following the announcement made by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Nayyer Bukhari, a senior member of the PPP, has welcomed the announcement by the ECP and emphasized the importance of holding elections in a timely manner.

There is no right to rule the country by an unelected individual or cabinet, he said, when speaking to Geo News. As per the Constitution, elections should have been held within 90 days of the presidential election.

It is a positive development that has begun the process for holding elections, which has been welcomed by PML-N senior leader Ayaz Sadiq who said that it is a positive development.

According to him, however, the ECP is responsible for fixing the date for the polls to be conducted.

According to Irfan Siddiqui, leader of the PML-N, the announcement of the ECP will ensure stability in the country and will be regarded as a positive development.

The Supreme Court’s announcement has added to the sanctity of this development even more since it came from the highest court in the nation,” he added.

Barrister Ali Zafar of the PTI called the proceedings in the Supreme Court as a ‘history’ as it ended all ambiguity regarding the upcoming elections.

The senator said, “It was a worrisome situation because someone told me the polls would be staged and another said the polls would not be staged. It was a worrisome situation,” he told reporters after the hearing for the SC.

During an interview with Zafar, he stated that the SC made it clear that the elections were expected to take place within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies.

He then called on the ECP to release an election schedule in accordance with the Constitution after consulting with President Arif Alvi as instructed by the court, so that the elections could take place on time. He continued by saying that it had been a long time since the good news of elections had been received.

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