The Supreme Court in Pakistan has issued a notice to the Ministry of Finance to provide Rs21 billion for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding elections in the Punjab. The three-judge bench warned the government of “serious consequences” if it failed to release the funds needed to conduct polls in the Punjab and KP. The Registrar’s office sent the notice to the Ministry of Finance through a special messenger of the court. The ECP filed a report about the funds required for holding elections in the Punjab, and informed the court that the government had not provided the funds. The court said that the federal government did not have the requisite constitutional authority and power at all times to authorise the expenditure of Rs21 billion for the general elections, and that the government must command the confidence of the majority of the National Assembly at all times.
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