- The Prime Minister assured all possible support to the CEC in the provision of funds and security.
- CEC informed the PM about the preparations for the upcoming elections.
- CEC says that the list of polling stations and polling staff has been prepared.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is all set to conduct “free, fair and transparent” general elections in the country on February 8, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja told Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakkar. Gave Assurance. on Tuesday.
As the elections are approaching, CEC Raja met PM Kakkar at the PM House and briefed him about the preparations of the ECP for the upcoming general elections in the country.
During the meeting, PM Kakkar confirmed that the interim government will extend all possible support to the ECP and ensure provision of all necessary resources to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in the country.
PM Kakkar assured the CEC of his government’s full support in the provision of funds and security for the elections.
The Chief Election Commissioner also invited the Caretaker Prime Minister to visit the ECP to review the measures regarding the conduct of general elections. The CEC informed the Prime Minister that the list of polling stations and polling staff has been prepared.
He further said that the process of updating the electoral lists is in the final stage and they will soon be sent to all the concerned districts.
General elections on 8th February
Last week, the Supreme Court had ordered the government to ensure general elections on February 8, a day after President Arif Alvi and CEC Raja unanimously agreed on the above date during a meeting held at 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.
A three-member bench headed by CJP Isa and comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Amin-ud-din Khan heard the case.
The court noted in its order that notification of the general election date has also been issued by the ECP, stating that no party has any objection to holding the elections on February 8.
CJP Isa asked others in the courtroom as well as Attorney-General of Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan if they had any objection to the election date, but everyone replied in the negative.
“The Election Commission should announce the election schedule after all the requirements are met,” CJP Isa said.
The Chief Justice said, “God willing, elections will definitely be held on February 8.”