Presidential election essential within 30 days after general polls: ECP

Presidential election essential within 30 days after general polls: ECP

Presidential election essential within 30 days after general polls: ECP

Presidential elections must be held within 30 days after general polls: ECP

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday said that, as per Article 41(4) of the Constitution, presidential elections must be held within 30 days following the general elections.

With the conclusion of the 2024 general elections and the release of preliminary results, the ECP has initiated preparations for both the presidential elections and the inaugural sessions of all assemblies as mandated by the constitution.

In a statement, the ECP stated that it would release the schedule for the presidential election and issue a public notice on March 1. The statement also highlighted that one day would be allotted for the submission of nomination papers, with the deadline set for 12 pm on March 2. Nomination papers can be obtained from the ECP secretariat in Islamabad or any provincial election commissioner.

Additionally, the ECP referred to Articles 91 and 130 of the Constitution, which stipulate that the National Assembly must convene on the 21st day following the general elections. The formation of all assemblies is expected to be completed by February 29, paving the way for the presidential election process.

This announcement followed a previous day’s summons by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf for the inaugural sitting of the lower house of Parliament on February 29.

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President Arif Alvi had declined to convene the session citing an ‘incomplete house.’ It’s reported that President Alvi sought to delay the session until the Election Commission of Pakistan issued a notification regarding the reserved seats of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), which had been joined by lawmakers backed by the PTI.

The newly elected members of the National Assembly will take the oath administered by the Speaker during the inaugural session. Furthermore, the schedule for the elections of the speaker and deputy speaker will be announced during this session.

According to the Constitution, the first session of the National Assembly is mandated to be convened within 21 days following the general elections held on February 8. Section 91(2) specifies that the National Assembly shall convene on the twenty-first day following the general elections, unless summoned earlier by the president.

A senior official from the National Assembly Secretariat emphasized that the president is obligated to call the session of the NA within 21 days; otherwise, the secretariat could announce the session itself. He noted that all necessary arrangements for the inaugural session of the new assembly had been made by the secretariat.

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