President Arif Alvi, CEC Sikandar Sultan reach consensus in meeting held on order of top court n Supreme Court resumes today hearing petition seeking elections within 90 days.

 

ISLAMABAD  –   President Arif Alvi and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday reached a consensus for holding the general elections in the country on February 8, 2024.

The agreement on the election date was reached in a meeting between President Alvi and Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan Sikandar Sultan Raja, who called on the president along with the Attorney General for Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan and four ECP members.

“On today’s order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, Sikandar Sultan Raja, along with the Attorney General for Pakistan, Mansoor Usman Awan, and four members of the Election Commission of Pakistan, came to meet President Dr Arif Alvi, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, to discuss the date for holding the forthcoming General Elections in the country,” says a statement issued by the President House following the meeting. In the meeting,

 

President Alvi heard about the progress the Election Commission had made in delimitation and elections. “After a detailed discussion, the meeting unanimously agreed to hold General Elections in the country on 8th February 2024,” the statement added.

Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to give the specific date for general elections by Friday after the consultation with the President.

The court instructed the Attorney General of Pakistan to arrange the meeting of ECP officials with the President on the same day. The court said that it expected that all issues would be addressed by this meeting. It directed the respondents to inform the bench on Friday regarding the development and adjourned the case.

A three-member bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Amin Ud Din Khan and Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition seeking the holding of general elections in 90 days.

 

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