Asif Zardari says the country is moving towards transparent elections

However, major parties have repeatedly complained about not getting a level playing field ahead of the elections

Former President Asif Ali Zardari.  - AFP/File
Former President Asif Ali Zardari. – AFP/File
  • Zardari says PPP is “fully prepared” for elections.
  • He says that the environment of the country is ‘conducive’ for elections.
  • Politicians are certain the party will be victorious on February 8.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Zardari on Sunday assured that the country is moving towards transparent elections and described the current environment as “conducive” for the elections.

“The country is moving towards transparent elections,” he said in a statement today.

The senior politician also expressed confidence in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure fair and transparent conduct of the elections to be held on February 8 next year.

After five tumultuous years, faced with the challenges of a declining economy, political instability and terrorism, the country is finally approaching a crucial general election. Major political parties in Pakistan have welcomed the next election date of February 8, but have also expressed their reservations, raising doubts over the fairness and transparency of the upcoming elections, citing lack of level playing field.

The former head of state said his party is ready to compete in the general elections as it is “fully prepared”, underscoring the PPP’s ability to garner a majority of votes.

Zardari said, “PPP is the only party that has the capability to contest elections in every environment.” He said he was confident that the party would emerge as the majority winner on February 8.

‘No level playing field’

The two mainstream parties – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PPP – have been repeatedly complaining that they are not being given a level playing field ahead of the elections and are trying to make way for the Pakistan Muslim League . -The return of Nawaz (PML-N) to power before the general elections to be held on February 8, 2024.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari complained earlier this week that his party never got a level playing field. The party has consistently raised concerns about the lack of equal opportunities to prove itself before the elections.

They said that [Islami Jamhoori Ittehad] IJI was formed against PPP. There was no level playing field, yet the government was formed. “Even today, a kind of field is being prepared. PPP is ready to play on every pitch. We are hopeful that we will win.”

Meanwhile, amid reports of Imran Khan being in a minus in the elections, PTI has also accused the caretaker government of denying level playing field. With elections approaching, the PTI chairman is behind bars in Adiala jail and the party leadership claims he is not allowed to campaign.

It is to be noted that a day after the above date was unanimously agreed upon during a meeting of President Arif Alvi and Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, on November 3, the Supreme Court ordered the government to ensure general elections on February 8. Had given. In Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The court’s orders came during the hearing of several petitions seeking timely elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies.

The court said in its order that the election monitoring body has also issued a notification regarding the date of the general elections, in which it has been said that no party has any objection to holding the elections on the said date.

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