The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has officially announced that the general elections in the country will take place on February 8, 2024. This decision came after the ECP and President Arif Alvi agreed on the date, following consultations with the Supreme Court. The court had instructed the ECP to settle the matter of the election date and inform the court. The notification of the election date was submitted to the court by the Attorney General for Pakistan. During the court hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa noted that the Supreme Court has no role in setting the election date according to the law. He also expressed disappointment that the matter had been unnecessarily brought to court, causing anxiety and fears that the elections might not take place. The Chief Justice stressed the importance of following the Constitution and urged all institutions to play their roles in holding the elections. He also warned against creating doubt regarding the elections, stating that it would be a violation of the Constitution. After the court hearing, PTI’s Barrister Ali Zafar and Supreme Court Bar Association chief Abid Zuberi expressed their support for the election date and the assurance that elections would be held on February 8. The ECP had previously ruled out elections this year due to the need for constituency delimitation after the approval of census results. However, petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking timely elections, leading to the announcement of the election date.
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