In a significant development, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has submitted a notification regarding the election date to the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC). The date for the upcoming general elections has been officially announced as February 8, 2024, as per the notification, following a series of hearings and consultations.
The notification, dated November 3, 2023, was presented to a three-member bench consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Athar Minallah, and Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan by Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan. This date complies with the requirement to hold elections within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies, as sought by multiple pleas before the apex court.
In announcing the poll date, the ECP invoked its authority under Article 57(1) of the Elections Act and other enabling powers. This declaration is a significant milestone in the democratic process of the nation.
During the court session, CJP inquired whether all stakeholders were in agreement with the chosen date. He noted, “All the respondents have given their approval,” signifying a consensus among the concerned parties.
The road to this announcement saw deliberations and proposals, as just a day prior, the ECP had initially proposed February 11 as the election date. However, the Supreme Court directed the ECP to consult with the president before confirming the date, ensuring that all legal and procedural steps are thoroughly followed.
With the election date now officially set for February 8, 2024, Pakistan is poised to take the next step in its democratic journey, and the nation eagerly awaits this crucial event that will shape its political landscape. The timely and well-coordinated efforts of all relevant authorities ensure that the electoral process proceeds smoothly, maintaining the integrity and transparency of the elections.
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