The Supreme Court is currently hearing petitions that call for elections to be held within 90 days of the dissolution of the National Assembly and provincial legislatures. The pleas were brought by the Supreme Court Bar Association, the PTI, and individuals Munir Ahmad and Ibad-ur-Rehman. The Election Commission of Pakistan had previously stated that elections this year were not possible due to the need for delimitation of constituencies. Article 224 of the Constitution states that elections must be held within 90 days of the dissolution of the assembly, which was by November 7. However, Section 17(2) of the Elections Act requires constituency delimitation after the publication of a census. The commission had announced that elections would be held in January 2024 but did not specify a date. The Supreme Court had issued notices to the ECP and federal government for their input on the matter. The petitions argue that the ECP’s primary responsibility is to hold elections within 90 days of assembly dissolution, and that this period cannot be extended for any reason, including constituency delimitation. The PTI’s application calls for the President to announce an election date within 90 days, and for the ECP and governors of all provinces to follow suit.
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