Shehbaz, Zardari, and Fazl Discuss ‘New’ Electoral Strategy for the Upcoming Elections in KP, Punjab

June 4, 2023


Shehbaz, Zardari, and Fazl Discuss ‘New’ Electoral Strategy for the Upcoming Elections in KP, Punjab

Shaeran Rufus

ISLAMABAD: Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister Pakistan along with Asif Ali Zardari, PPP co-chairperson and Maulana Fazl ur Rehman, President Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam on Thursday reviewed the latest electoral policy positioning in the forthcoming Elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The meeting also discussed the by-polls election on the national assembly seats.

Further, the ruling coalition had also approached the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold a Digital Census from 1st March. Moreover, the political atmosphere and the formulation of a strategy to hold such elections were also discussed.

In addition to the Khawaja Asif (Defence Minister), Ayaz Sadiq (Economic and Political Affairs Minister), and Khawaja Saad Rafique (Railways Minister) were also part of the meeting.

This was the second meeting between Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in two days, with their previous meeting has focused on the country’s economic situation. The meeting on Thursday also involved discussions on the mini-budget and ways to improve the economy and a consensus was reached to minimize the impact on the people.

Digital Census

The results of the digital census will be announced on April 30. The ECP has also stated that it will require six months to carry out the process of delimitation based on the new census. With the dissolution of the assemblies in KP and Punjab, elections in these provinces must be held within 90 days.

The Election Commission has proposed April 14 and April 18 as the dates for elections in Punjab and KP, but if the elections are based on the new census, they will have to be delayed. The ECP is also getting ready for by-elections on several National Assembly seats that became vacant after the resignations of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf legislators were accepted.

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