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ECP likely to propose polls in Punjab after Eid

A letter to the president, proposing the date for elections to the Punjab Assembly, is most likely to be dispatched on Friday

By Mumtaz Alvi
March 03, 2023
ECP likely to propose polls in Punjab after Eid

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will meet for the third consecutive day today (Friday) and is expected to propose a general election to the Punjab Assembly in the last week of April.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja presided over a meeting of the commission here at its secretariat that was attended by its members as well as the secretary.

The forum held thorough deliberations for the second day after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the case relating to a delay in polls to the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.

The ECP, according to sources, decided to propose elections to the Punjab legislature around a week after Eidul Fitr, which is likely to fall on April 22.

“The holy month of Ramazan and the religious festival of Eid are being kept in mind,” the sources said.

They pointed out that some tentative decisions were taken but these would be announced once the consultation was completed.

Accordingly, a letter to President Dr Arif Alvi, proposing the date for elections to the Punjab Assembly, is most likely to be dispatched on Friday.

The schedule for the Punjab Assembly polls will be issued soon after the president’s nod.

The Punjab and KP assemblies were dissolved on January 14 and January 18 respectively, and under the law, the elections were to be held within 90 days after their dissolution.