The Finance Division has released Rs17.4 billion to the Election Commission of Pakistan for the upcoming general elections on February 8, 2024. This is in addition to the Rs10 billion released earlier, bringing the total funds for the polls to Rs27.4 billion. The Election Commission had requested Rs51 billion for the elections but settled for Rs47 billion, out of which Rs5 billion had been released earlier. The Finance Ministry was repeatedly approached for the funds, and a written reminder was sent. The finance secretary assured the poll watchdog that the funds would be released soon. The electoral watchdog had rejected reports about a delay in the elections and agreed on February 8, 2024, as the date for polls. President Arif Alvi had also agreed on this date earlier in the month. You can read more about this on the Dawn website.
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