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ECP points election schedule after SC’s intervention

ECP issues election schedule after SC's intervention
The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) Friday night time issued the much-awaited schedule for the overall polls, set to happen on February 8, 2024, following the Supreme Courtroom’s order.

The polling course of begins 4 days from immediately, December 19, when the returning officer (RO) will problem a public discover, whereas the ECP additionally resumed the coaching for the ROs and district returning officers (DROs).

The election programme additionally applies to the reserved seats for girls and non-Muslims within the nationwide and 4 provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan.

The fee issued the election schedule late at night time according to the Supreme Courtroom’s orders.

In a hiccup to the polling course of, the Lahore Excessive Courtroom (LHC) had suspended the fee’s notification for the appointment of the ROs and DROs from the chief department — in defiance of the SC’s orders.

The LHC’s verdict was issued on a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — the identical get together that had referred to as for well timed polls in a plea filed within the Supreme Courtroom.

As a result of LHC’s order, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja met with senior officers to make sure that every part went in response to plan.

Following detailed deliberations, the fee filed a petition within the high court docket in search of the annulment of the LHC’s order. The SC accepted the plea a number of hours again, placing the method again on monitor.

The political events had additionally voiced issues in opposition to a potential delay within the elections, noting that it was essential for the democracy that polls happen on February 8.

In a press release a day earlier, the ECP had additionally rebuffed claims of the PTI that the upcoming basic polls could possibly be delayed, claiming that “all preparations” had been accomplished.