Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday said only one political party in the country is aware of the election date, and neither any other party nor the chief election commissioner know about the polls’ date.
He was speaking to a public gathering in Muzaffargarh.
“Elections should be held as soon as possible. It’s quite strange that a party is announcing the election date and claiming that the polls will be held in February. When I don’t know when the elections are, the public doesn’t know, the election commissioner doesn’t know the date, so how come this party already knows the election date,” Bilawal questioned.
The PPP chairman, however, didn’t name the political party.
Bilawal reiterated his demand for elections in 90 days, and said his party would make a final policy about the polls in tomorrow’s huddle.
The bigwigs of PPP will sit in the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting in Lahore on Thursday to discuss political situation and next general elections.
According to media reports, the party has also invited some disgruntled leaders such as Latif Khosa and Aitizaz Ahsan in the meeting.
‘Absence of a level playing field’
In different gatherings in last few days, Bilawal has raised concerns about “absence of a level-playing field” in the current political landscape of the country, saying he has an objection to alleged inequality faced by political stakeholders as the country is heading towards elections.
Concerns on the poll timing have arisen from the Election Commission of Pakistan ruling out elections this year.
The commission reasons its decision to push elections beyond November 9 on the basis of the notification of results of the new digital 2023 census and Section 17(2) of the Elections Act, which states: “The commission shall delimit constituencies after every census is officially published.”
Bilawal has been engaging in public meetings and organising party meetings as part of the party’s electoral preparations.