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Pakistan

Elections to be held in last week of January: ECP

  • Says initial list for delimitation of constituencies will be published on September 27
Published September 21, 2023

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Thursday that general elections will be held in the last week of January 2024. However, it did not issue a specific date.

In a statement shared on X (formerly Twitter), the Commission said it had decided that the initial list for the delimitation of constituencies will be published on September 27.

The statement further said that after hearing objections and suggestions regarding the exercise, the final list will be issued on November 30.

“Polls will be held in the last week of January following the completion of a 54-day election campaign programme,” the press release stated.

Code of conduct

On Wednesday, the ECP had said that a meeting with political parties will be scheduled on October 4 to discuss the code of conduct for general elections.

According to a statement, the meeting will be held at its secretariat in Islamabad on October 4 at 2 pm in compliance with Section 233 of the Elections Act 2017.

“In this regard, a copy of the draft Code of Conduct has also been sent to the leaders of political parties so that they can provide their feedback during the consultation,” the ECP said.

Earlier this month, the ECP said it had decided to publish the list of final constituencies by November 30. The election watchdog decided to shorten the time frame after consultation with political parties. The previous date was December 14, 2023.

General elections

The National Assembly was dissolved on August 9 — a scenario which implies that the general elections are required to be held not later than November 7 this year, within the 90-day period mandated by the constitution.

Article 224(2) provides that when the NA or a provincial assembly is dissolved, a general election to the assembly shall be held within a period of 90 days after the dissolution, and the results of the election shall be declared not later than 14 days after the conclusion of the polls.

Earlier this month, President Dr Arif Alvi had proposed November 6 as the date for elections in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja.

The general elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have already been witnessing inordinate delay – keeping in view that both the provincial legislatures were dissolved in January this year and respective caretaker governments are since running the affairs of the two provinces.

The delay in the general elections has met with criticism from some political parties, who have demanded that the elections be held as soon as possible.

However, the ECP has said that it is committed to conducting a fair and transparent delimitation process and will not compromise on the quality of the delimitation plan.

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ISZ Sep 21, 2023 04:07pm
The delays in in holding elections since the beginning of this year, clearly shows no value of the country's constitution, like anything else in the country.
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ISZ Sep 21, 2023 04:09pm
In addition to my previous comments; let see if people of Pakistan win or free money distribution tactics.
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Parvez Sep 21, 2023 04:12pm
Is this as stipulated in the Constitution ? ......if not will the SC take action against the ECP ?
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Shahid Khan Sep 21, 2023 04:13pm
Constitution is broken like never before. I guarantee there would be no case on election commissioner
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Shoaib Sep 21, 2023 05:00pm
Converting domestic residential gas customers to electric cooking hobs will be a key structural reform. Indigenous gas then can be directed to local industry eg textile, RLNG power plants and fertiliser sector. We are wasting indigenous gas for residential use. Just imagine the cost of gas used to boil water/ milk for two cups of doodh-patti chai. Low-income residential has customers can be provided with targeted subsidies via Ahsaas or BISP programmes.
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AmirSh. Sep 21, 2023 06:05pm
Constitution????What constitution.....Does anybody care about constitution other than general public? Nation has seen enough in past year or so...Good luck Pakistan with fair, free and transparent elections!
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ISZ Sep 21, 2023 06:13pm
@Shoaib, And you a recommending a solution to a country where proper infrastructure is replaced with adhoc solution instead of improving infrastructure. For example, in some areas of Lahore, water tanks put on streets to supply residents water. The only development is happening is in DHA and Bahria Town, rest of them are flies.
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ISZ Sep 21, 2023 06:15pm
This is what happens when you have Pandoos and Sanyees in control.
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