Did the ECP intentionally keep the president in the dark about same-day polls, prompting CJP Bandial to investigate?

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The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Umar Ata Bandial, has queried why the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) did not suggest that the federal and provincial elections be held on the same day across the country. During the hearing of the ECP’s case to revisit an April 4 ruling that ordered the holding of elections in May, Bandial noted that the ECP had not briefed the country’s President, Dr Arif Alvi, on either security or funding for the proposed elections. Article 213(3) of the Constitution grants the ECP responsibility for conducting elections honestly, fairly, justly and legally. The hearing of the case has been adjourned until 25 May. On 4 April, the Supreme Court ordered the ECP to hold elections for the Punjab assembly on 14 May, but both institutions claimed that this was impossible due to resource Hshortages, including funding and staff. The elections did not take place as a result.

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