President, ECP fail to agree on election date in country

President, ECP fail to agree on election date in country

President, ECP fail to agree on election date in country

President, ECP fail to agree on election date in country

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ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) have failed to agree upon the date of the general elections in the country, Bol TV reported on Thursday.

According to sources, the Election Commission proposed three potential dates for the general elections in 2024 to President Alvi, suggesting January 28, January 4, and February 11 as options.

To resovle the issue, the Attorney General reached the Chief Election Commissioner with the President’s message, sources said.

The Attorney General conveyed the message to the ECP and aftre discussion he left the ECP and departed for the President’s House with a message from the Chief Election Commissioner. Discussion on the issue is still going on among the authorities concerned.

Earlier, President Dr. Arif Alvi held an hour-long meeting with a delegation led by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) at the President’s House.

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It has been revealed that the Election Commission will present the details of this significant meeting to the top court, and the dates proposed by President Alvi will also be conveyed to the court.

Following their discussions with the President, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) delegation arrived at the Central Secretariat. However, both the CEC and delegation members refrained from commenting on the meeting with the President when approached by the media.

Earlier in the day, the ECP delegation, led by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, visited the President’s House to finalize the date for the general elections in 2024, as per the Supreme Court’s directives. The delegation included the ECP secretary, four members, and the DG Law.

It is expected that the President will make a decision on the election date in a crucial meeting today, according to insider information.

This development follows the Election Commission of Pakistan’s statement to the Supreme Court that the general elections in the country will take place on February 11, 2024. The ECP’s lawyer, Sajeel Swati, informed the three-member bench that elections would be held after the completion of delimitation on November 30. All preparations, including delimitation, would be completed by January 29, he added.

Explaining the delimitation process, the lawyer mentioned that it would take 3 to 5 days to issue the final lists. By counting 54 days from December 5, they arrived at the January 29 date.

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The lawyer also noted that the ECP was considering holding the polls on a Sunday to facilitate greater public participation.

Under this plan, the first Sunday would fall on February 4, with the second on February 11. The decision to hold the elections on Sunday, February 11, was made by the ECP itself.

A three-member bench, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Athar Minallah, heard the pleas.

The petitioners, including the Supreme Court Bar, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and others, argued that the general elections should be held within 90 days of the assembly’s dissolution as per the Constitution. The Supreme Court directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to consult with the President of Pakistan regarding the final election date.

 

The story is developing……………………………….

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