The country’s two major political parties, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have welcomed the announcement by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that elections will be held in the country on February 11. , 2024.
In a major development on Thursday, the ECP’s counsel informed a three-member bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa that the elections will be held on February 11.
After the ECP’s announcement, PPP’s Nayyar Bukhari said that his party has been demanding timely elections.
“An unelected person or cabinet has no right to rule the country…As per the Constitution, elections should have been held within 90 days,” he said. geo news,
Bukhari said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is answerable to the people and the Supreme Court for not holding elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies.
Responding to a question, the PPP leader said the conduct of the caretaker government will establish whether all political parties have been given a level playing field.
Senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq welcomed the announcement, saying it was a positive development that the process of holding elections has started.
However, he said it is the job of the ECP to decide the election date.
PML-N leader Irfan Siddiqui told geo news The announcement of ECP is a positive development as it will ensure stability in the country.
He said, “I welcome this development even more because this announcement has come from the Supreme Court which has increased its sanctity.”
He said it would be difficult for the ECP to back out from this date as the election date was shared with the country’s top court.
“We believe that the elections will be held on time,” he said.
MQM-P’s Amin Ul Haq welcomed the ECP’s announcement of holding elections on February 11.
However, he said that to take the country forward, the democratic tradition should continue and for this there should be free and fair elections.
“MQM-P demands that the failure of the RTS system in 2018 and releasing of election results after 72 hours should be avoided in the next elections and all parties should get a level playing field,” Haq said.
Meanwhile, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Zahid Khan said that the ECP is not honest in conducting the elections.
He questioned why the ECP did not fix the election date as January 28 and did not announce the election schedule.
The ANP leader said the ECP was adopting delay tactics and urged the Supreme Court to seek the election schedule from the ECP.