March, 21, 2023
The President of the Election Commission

The President of the Election Commission

Both provincial governors, and election commissions are not fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities, exercising powers under section 57-1 of the Election Act, dated: President

The President of the Election Commission apologized again after consulting, Sikandar Sultan Raja did not come to the President’s House, and an important meeting of the Commission has been called today to review the announcement of the date.

Didi, the President of the State has announced elections for the Provincial Assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday, April 9, under Section 57 One of the Election Act 2017. Issue the election program under The President informed the Election Commission by writing a letter.

Arif Alvi

President Arif Alvi said in his position that under the constitution he took an oath to protect and defend the constitution since there is no prohibition order from any judicial forum, therefore there is no obstacle in the exercise of the power of the president under section 57 one. The Constitution and the law do not allow a delay of more than 90 days, I consider it necessary to fulfill my constitutional and legal duty to announce the date of elections to avoid violation of the Constitution.

The Governors of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are not fulfilling their constitutional obligations to fix the election date within 90 days after the dissolution of the Provincial Assemblies. The Election Commission is also not fulfilling its constitutional obligation. For example, you are putting the ball in each other’s court. The President said that this behavior is creating a serious risk of delay and violation of constitutional provisions. The Election Commission is responsible for conducting the elections. Started a serious process of consultation with the Election Commission to announce the date of general elections to the assemblies, but the Election Commission excused itself from participating in the meeting on this subject, exercising the powers under Section 57(1) of the Provincial Assemblies. I am announcing the date of 9th April 2023 Sunday for the general elections.

Sources in the Presidency said that President Alvi waited for the Chief Election Commissioner in his office for half an hour, but the Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja did not come. The meeting between the President and the Chief Election Commissioner was scheduled for 11 am. After the appointment, Dr. Arif Alvi decided to react and started consultation with the legal team and later announced the date of the elections.

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