President Dr Arif Alvi has proposed November 6 as the date for elections in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja. The president referred to Article 48(5) of the Constitution, which states that the president has the power to appoint a date for elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the National Assembly. However, the CEC and the law ministry believe that the ECP has the authority to announce the election date. The ECP argues that the elections will be delayed due to the notification of new census results in 2023. The president advised the ECP to consult with provincial governments and political parties, and seek guidance from the judiciary, in order to announce a single date for both national and provincial assembly elections. There are divided opinions among stakeholders on the time frame for elections, with some advocating for elections to be held within the constitutionally mandated 90-day period. Lawyer Abdul Moiz Jaferii criticized the president’s letter, calling it “toothless.”

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