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Pakistan

After top court ruling, ECP issues new schedule for Punjab elections

  • Electoral watchdog says polls in Punjab to be held on May 14 as per the court's directives
Published April 5, 2023

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday announced a fresh schedule for Punjab elections that are due to be held on May 14, Aaj News reported.

In its notification today, ECP said that as per the top court's directions, polls in Punjab will be held on May 14.

"The last date for filing an appeal against the Returning Officer's decision is April 10," the notification said.

The decision was made by ECP in an emergency meeting held today for consultations on the SC verdict.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja chaired the session.

The development comes a day after the SC ruled that the ECP's decision to postpone polls in Punjab till October 8 was "unconstitutional."

In its verdict on Tuesday, a three-judge bench declared the ECP’s order unconstitutional and ordered elections in Punjab to be held on May 14.

The apex court directed the caretaker government in Punjab to assist the ECP with elections and said the federal government has been asked to help with this, ordering authorities to release Rs21 billion to the ECP by April 10.

Meanwhile, the federal cabinet has rejected the SC’s verdict, and declared the decision was not “actionable.”

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief organizer Maryam Nawaz took exception to Chief Justice of Pakistan’s (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial's statement during the Punjab polls hearing, saying that the “CJP did not get emotional when she was thrown in jail”.

Speaking about the SC’s verdict, Maryam said the CJP’s fellow judges are not accepting his decisions, yet he is urging the nation to accept them.

“How can the CJP expect us to accept a decision that even his brother judges are not accepting? He excluded the judges who had raised legal reservations and instead brought those judges who favoured him,” she said.

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Tulukan Mairandi Apr 05, 2023 05:14pm
CJP broke the 90 day term mandated in constitution. CJP must meet the same date as Zulfiqar Bhutto did in the noose.
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Ijaz Apr 05, 2023 05:40pm
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Miannawazshit Apr 05, 2023 06:09pm
Now what can PDM, Maryam & PPP do? Perhaps they prefer Boots for a few years than have PTI making laws that cripple them.
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Fahad Apr 05, 2023 07:00pm
The focus will now shift towards electoral rigging. All forces of land will now combine to defeat PTI in the elections but won't be successful In Sha Allah. I'm surprised that in such a small column, an irrelevant person like Maryam secured major chunk of the column.
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Abdulrehman Naeem Apr 05, 2023 07:06pm
I want to vote The Nawaz Sharif
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test Apr 05, 2023 07:34pm
No one should be in favor of early elections because elections must be held on time in all the provinces of Pakistan but as I say this whole system is built for elite class by the elite class so that the elite class can enjoy a lavish lifestyle at the expense of tax money of a lower or middle class man. Elite class can make policies that suits them and then there is fight between one elite class group and the other elite class group to take back power from one elite class group to another elite.
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Ghulam Ali Apr 05, 2023 07:49pm
TLP z
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Mubeen Ahmed Apr 06, 2023 08:21am
I want to vote the PTI
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Mubeen Ahmed Apr 06, 2023 08:22am
I want to vote the PTI
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