Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to consult with President Arif Alvi on the poll date. The ECP had informed the Supreme Court that elections would be held on February 11, but the CJP wanted clarification on whether the president had been consulted. The ECP lawyer stated that the delimitation process would be completed by January 29, and the final list of constituencies published on December 5. The CJP expressed frustration at the ECP’s reluctance to involve the president and instructed the electoral body to discuss the matter with Alvi that day. The CJP emphasized that the given election date would have to be implemented and that the court wanted a quick resolution to the issue. Former ECP secretary Kanwar Dilshad called the announcement a “victory of democracy” and confirmed that the Senate elections would likely be held on March 5-6. PPP’s Shazia Marri also welcomed the announcement. During the hearing, PPP lawyer Farooq H. Naek requested to become a respondent in the case, which was granted by the judges. The PTI lawyer argued that elections should be held within 90 days, to which the CJP responded that the request was ineffective. The PTI lawyer then clarified that elections should be held immediately, and no objections were raised by any party. The lawyer also contended that giving the election date was mentioned in the constitution.
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