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Pakistan’s general elections to be held in last week of January 2024: Election Commission

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 21: Pakistan’s election commission on Thursday announced that the general
elections in the country will take place in the last week of January 2024, amid mounting pressure
from political parties that pressed for timely elections in the cash-strapped country.
In a statement, the electoral body said that it reviewed work on delimiting constituencies and the
initial list for the delimitation of constituencies would be published on September 27.
It said parties would be able to file objections after that the ECP would address all objections and
suggestions.
After hearing objections and suggestions regarding the list, the final list would be issued on
November 30, which would be followed by the election schedule, it said.
It said that by the end of delimitation, it would announce a 54-day election program and “polls will
be held in the last week of January 2024.”
The National Assembly was dissolved on August 9 and constitutionally, the elections should be held
within 90 days but the process was delayed by the ECP due to the delimitation exercise which
became mandatory in the wake of the new census held this year.
The previous government just days before the end of its term endorsed the results of the census
which obligated the ECP to set up a new electoral district on the basis of the latest population.
The move led to fears that the polls meant to be held within 90 days may be delayed till next year as
the delimitation process would take about four months to complete.
The decision to shorten the timeframe of the delimitation comes amid mounting pressure on the
ECP from several political parties that pressed for timely elections.
The Constitution also provides that the ECP should complete the delimitation process within 120
days.
Currently, a caretaker government is running the country and it will continue until the new prime
minister is elected through the elections.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has said the interim government is committed to
upholding the democratic process in Pakistan by holding general elections and it will not make any
excuse to delay it.
In a letter to the ECP chief earlier this month, President Arif Alvi, who was a founding member of
jailed former prime minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, unilaterally proposed
November 6 as the day for the polls, but the top election body avoided comment on his suggestion.
(PTI)

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