The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has denied any possibility of postponing the upcoming general elections.
Amidst speculation and concerns raised by President Arif Alvi in a recent TV interview, the ECP issued a statement reaffirming its readiness and commitment to the electoral process.
The spokesperson of the top electoral body declared that preparations for the general elections have been completed.
“According to the action plan, the final list of constituencies is scheduled to be published on November 30, 2023. This announcement comes after the first phase of constituencies has already been completed, and the second phase, involving the filing of objections, is set to conclude on October 27, 2023,” the statement reads.
The statement further said the ECP will commence the hearing of objections on preliminary constituencies from October 30 or 31, emphasizing its commitment to conducting the elections as per the established timeline.
“The President's interview had raised concerns regarding a possible delay in the elections, but the Election Commission's clear and prompt response has put those speculations to rest. The Commission remains steadfast in its efforts to ensure a fair and timely electoral process,” the spokesperson said.
According to the spokesman, the first phase of delimitation has been completed and the filing of objections to it will also complete tomorrow (Friday). The election commission will start hearing the objections to the initial delimitation on Oct 30.
On Nov 30, the election commission will issue a final list of the delimitation. Immediately after that the election schedule will be issued. The election commission’s preparations for holding elections are complete.