The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Thursday that General Elections in the country will take place in the last week of January 2024.
The ECP stated that it was in the process of mapping out constituencies with an initial list to be released on September 27.
Meanwhile, the final list of constituencies will be published on November 30 after taking all objections and suggestions into account.
Therefore, the General Elections will take place in the last week of January 2024 following the completion of the 54-day election schedule.
The announcement puts an end to uncertainty surrounding the elections after the ex-PMD-led government’s approval of the new census mandated the electoral body to carry out new delimitations before holding polls.
It is pertinent to mention that after the dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies, the ECP was required to hold the General Elections within 90 days, which means no later than November 6.
However, the ECP was constitutionally bound to draw fresh boundaries ahead of the elections following the approval of the new census, which delayed the polls.
Furthermore, the ECP plans to meet with all political parties next month to discuss the general elections’ code of conduct.
The proposed code of conduct stresses that political parties, candidates, and agents should refrain from promoting views or taking actions that harm Pakistan’s ideals, sovereignty, stability, safety, moral standards, public order, or the autonomy and credibility of its judiciary.