The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has responded to President Arif Alvi’s comments about the timing of the general elections. President Alvi had raised doubts about the elections taking place in January and suggested a cut-off date of November 6. The ECP clarified that there is no possibility of a delay in the polls, which are scheduled for the end of January. It stated that the first phase of delimitation (dividing constituencies) has been completed and the second phase will finish soon. The final list of constituencies will be published on November 30, after which the election schedule will be announced. The ECP had previously ruled out elections this year due to the need for fresh delimitation. The National Assembly was dissolved, and elections must take place within 90 days. However, the Elections Act mandates delimitation after every census, so it had to be done first. The decision to hold elections in January 2024 has received mixed reactions from political parties. The JUI-F has opposed the timing due to weather conditions, while the PML-N supports the ECP’s decision. The PPP and PTI parties have called for the immediate announcement of the election date and assurance of a fair process. The caretaker government hopes that the date for elections will be announced soon.
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