Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti has offered clarity, emphasizing that there’s no intention to change the election date.
Speaking at a Senate session, he underscored that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) holds the authority to determine the election date, and the government is not seeking to expedite the process.
Bugti emphasized the importance of holding elections in a timely manner to ensure the completion of Parliament.
The minister went on to express that there are no predetermined lists or preferences guiding the government’s stance regarding the elections.
As previously announced by both the government and the Election Commission, the general elections are scheduled to take place across the country on February 8, 2024. Preparation work, including the delineation of new constituencies, is underway.
Additionally, the electoral watchdog has released a code of conduct, addressing guidelines for political parties, media, and commentators, ensuring a fair and transparent electoral environment.
Sarfraz Bugti’s clarification in the Senate session serves to dispel any notions of an expedited election process, affirming the government's stance of adhering to the Election Commission's schedule while focusing on the completion of Parliament through a timely electoral process.