The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has officially announced the date for the forthcoming general elections in the country. The Supreme Court of Pakistan was informed that the elections are scheduled to take place on February 11, 2024. This announcement was made during a hearing related to the scheduling of the general elections within 90 days.
The ECP’s legal representative also informed the Supreme Court that the delimitation process will be completed by November 30. All necessary arrangements for the elections are expected to be finalized by January 29, 2024. The decision to hold the elections on a Sunday was made to ensure maximum voter participation.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing pleas from the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and other parties, all of whom are seeking timely elections in the country. During the proceedings, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa questioned the ECP’s lawyer about President Arif Alvi’s stance on the matter.
Justice Athar Minallah noted that the President of Pakistan has the authority to set the election date. Consequently, the Election Commission was directed to approach President Arif Alvi to seek his opinion on this matter.
This announcement has sparked discussions among the public, with many expressing their views and predictions about the upcoming elections. Some are hopeful that current Prime Minister Imran Khan will retain his position, while others are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to cast their votes on the announced date.
The ECP’s announcement brings clarity to the political landscape in Pakistan, setting the stage for what promises to be a significant event in the country’s democratic process.