ISLAMABAD - The government would release funds for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in phases for conducting general elections 2023 in the next few months. The ECP had sought Rs42.528 billion from the ministry of finance for conducting general elections 2023 in the next few months. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet last week had approved a summary of the Election Commission of Pakistan regarding the demand for funds of Rs 42.528 billion as Technical Supplementary Grant (TSG) for conduct of general elections in FY 2023-2024. However, the funds would be released in different phases. The ECC allowed Rs 10 billion as first release and further release on need basis.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has recently claimed that the electoral body was fully prepared for conducting elections in the country. “If the National Assembly was dissolved on August 12 the elections would be held by October 11,” claimed Election Commission of Pakistan Special Secretary Zafar Iqbal in a media talk last week. The current term of the National Assembly will be completed on August 12.
It is worth mentioning here that the National Assembly, in April this year, had rejected a money bill that the government had tabled to seek funds for conducting polls in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in line with the Supreme Court’s orders. The National Assembly rejected the Charged Sums for General Election (Provincial Assemblies of the Punjab and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Bill 2023 with a majority vote after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar informed the house that the standing committee had recommended not to approve the bill.