The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has informed the Supreme Court about the final date for the general elections, which has been confirmed as February 8. This comes after the ECP and President Dr Arif Alvi agreed on the date, following consultations with the apex court. Initially, the ECP had proposed February 11 as the election date but was instructed by the Supreme Court to seek the president’s advice. The ECP will formally inform the court about this development during a hearing of separate petitions today. The three-member bench hearing the case consists of Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Athar Minallah, and Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan. During the hearing, Chief Justice Isa raised concerns about the absence of President Alvi’s signatures on the documents presented in court. The court requested the Attorney General to obtain documents with the president’s signatures and adjourned the hearing for an hour. Previously, the ECP had postponed elections due to the need for fresh delimitation of constituencies. However, as per the Constitution, elections must be held within 90 days of the dissolution of the National Assembly, which occurred on November 7. The Elections Act also states that constituencies should be delimited after each official census. Last month, the ECP announced that elections would be held in January 2024, which attracted criticism and led to petitions being filed in the Supreme Court.
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