The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said no to delaying the general elections scheduled for February 8, despite resolutions seeking a delay in the Senate. The ECP cited effective security measures and past winter elections as reasons for proceeding as planned. The ECP also submitted a commitment to the Supreme Court regarding the election arrangements. Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi affirmed the commitment to holding the polls on February 8. The Senate’s resolution to postpone the elections was passed without a quorum and is subject to debate. Independent Senator Dilawar Khan, who moved for the resolution, presses for its implementation. Other Senators from various political parties also requisitioned a session to discuss the timely conduct of free and fair polls. Mohsin Dawar, head of National Democratic Movement, insisted elections should proceed as planned, despite security concerns. He survived an armed attack on his convoy during an election rally. The ECP’s decision remains firm, signaling that the general elections will take place as scheduled on February 8.
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