Ahsan Iqbal, the minister for planning and development, announced on Friday that this year’s general elections will take place in October. Iqbal predicted that the elections will happen after the population count was finished and the constituency boundaries were established.
He stated that the census results would be released by April 30 while speaking to the media at Jamshoro’s Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET). The delimitation process would then begin, taking up to four months to complete, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
He recalled that it was agreed to hold general elections following a new census while former prime minister Imran Khan was in office. Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), made the decision to hold new elections only after the population census process at a meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) in April 2021, according to Iqbal.
Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and a former prime minister, would return to Pakistan to direct the party’s electoral effort in the upcoming general elections, he added.
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