The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has assured the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party that it will work on delimiting constituencies and updating voter lists at the same time in order to speed up the process. This gives hope that elections may take place in February next year. This goes against the constitution, which states that elections should be held within 90 days after the assemblies dissolve, but it prevents the possibility of delaying the elections for months after the completion of delimitation. The decision also ensures that the electoral college for the Senate is in place before half of its members’ term expires in March. The ECP has rejected speculations that the process of updating voter lists will only begin after delimitation is completed in December. The PML-N has urged the ECP to finish the process before December 14. The Chief Election Commissioner has assured the PML-N that both tasks will be completed simultaneously, and the elections will be held as soon as possible. The PML-N leaders indicated that the elections would likely be held in February. They suggested reviving the consultation process on the code of conduct, strictly prohibiting hate speeches, and reducing candidates’ electoral expenses. They also proposed having the party handle the media campaign instead of the candidates. The delegation also asked for transparency in the electoral process and the development of an automated system to monitor elections and compile results. They also urged the ECP to focus on the registration and participation of women voters.
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