PPP demands ECP to announce election date without further delay

Caretaker govt has nothing to do with polls date: Info Minister

ISLAMABAD  -  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Tues­day said that the Election Commis­sion of Pakistan must give a date for general elections without any further delay.

Speaking at a news conference after a meeting with Chief Elec­tion Commissioner Sikandar Sul­tan Raja, PPP Vice President Sher­ry Rehman urged the caretaker government to facilitate nation­al elections within a 90-day time­frame since the dissolution of the National Assembly.

During the meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, the PPP expressed its concerns and reiterated the need for elections under the Constitution.

The Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has recently an­nounced a plan for new delimi­tations based on the fresh digital census in the country. However, the time required for delimitation suggests that holding elections within 90 days of dissolving the assemblies might not be possible. The PPP emphasized the consti­tutional requirement for elections within a set timeframe and indicat­ed that their next steps would be discussed in a Lahore meeting.

Sherry Rehman said they had a meeting with the CEC in a pleas­ant environment during which they raised their reservations about the general elections.

“It is the electoral body’s responsi­bility to conduct the elections, how­ever, the Constitution says the polls should be held within 90 days after the dissolution of the National As­sembly,” she added. Speaking on the occasion, PPP leader Nayyar Bukhari said the Constitution says elections should be conducted within the giv­en time period. “We will finalise our next action plan in the CEC (PPP Central Executive Committee) meet­ing in Lahore,” Bukhari added.

He said the PPP believes that the Constitution was supreme. “The Chief Election Commission­er heard our position and prom­ised that they will hold a meeting on this matter and inform us,” the PPP leader said.

Meanwhile, the Jamaat-e-Islami also moved the Supreme Court, re­questing that general elections be held within 90 days after the disso­lution of the National Assembly.

Caretaker Minister for Informa­tion and Broadcasting Murtaza Sol­angi says the caretaker government is only responsible to assist the Elec­tion Commission of Pakistan and has nothing to do with the date for gen­eral elections. 

Speaking during a program of a private news channel on Tuesday, he said following the amendment in the Elections Act, authority to set date for general elections rests with the Election Commission. The Minister said the caretaker government will extend all out support to the Elec­tion Commission for holding gener­al elections in the country. 

To a question regarding deci­sion on issue of electricity bills, he said we need to take IMF on board and caretaker Minister for Finance Shamshad Akhtar is in touch with the IMF authorities and decision in this regard will be made soon.

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