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Election schedule likely on 14th

December 08, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will announce the schedule for the much-awaited general elections, possibly on December 14, triggering cut-throat electioneering across the country.

The commission recently published the final list of delimitations clearing a major hurdle to the announcement of the polls. It is in the final phase of appointment of district returning officers, returning officers and assistant officers as per the provisions of the Elections Act, 2017.

A tribesman casts his vote in a polling station for the first provincial elections in Jamrud. — AFP
A tribesman casts his vote in a polling station for the first provincial elections in Jamrud. — AFP

According to Sections 50 and 51 of the Elections Act, a district returning officer is appointed for each district or a specified area and a returning officer for each constituency for elections to an assembly. The provincial election commissioners as well as the Election Commission Secretariat have furnished lists of government officers for the election duty. Their appointment will follow the election-related training.

Separately, in a message on the occasion of National Voters Day, Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja said the printing and delivery of the final electoral rolls had been completed successfully. He said the Election Commission was fully cognizant of all its constitutional and legal responsibilities about the elections and related matters. He referred to the Election Commission’s full preparedness and commitment and assured the voters of complete security, privacy and transparency throughout the election process. The chief election commissioner called on the public to participate in the polls to shape up their bright future.

The National Voters Day is observed each year on December 7 to create awareness among the masses about the importance of vote registration and encourage the electorates to use the power of the ballot to elect their representatives.