The Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) plea to the Supreme Court asking it to reconsider its order of holding the Punjab Assembly polls on May 14th, has resumed. This comes after the same bench had issued the order to hold the elections, and the government had failed to release funds in time for the polls that were originally due. Elections across the country were dissolved in January, but despite the legal requirement to hold them within 90 days, the ECP & governors in both provinces did not give a date for polls. The Supreme Court then intervened, and a long and turbulent chain of events followed. The latest request by the ECP has been supported by both federal and Punjabi Governments. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Parliament has approved the nomination of six candidates for the Senate elections from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which have been elected for the first time.
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