Islamabad, 2 November 2023 (TDI): 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 (ECP), came to meet President Dr Arif Alvi, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, to discuss the date for holding the forthcoming General Elections in the country.
The President heard about the progress the ECP has made in delimitation and for elections.
After a detailed discussion the meeting unanimously agreed to hold General Elections in the country on 8th February 2024.
The collaborative decision followed a constructive meeting held at the Aiwan-i-Sadr in Islamabad, with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja leading the ECP delegation.
During the discussion, CEC Raja initially proposed February 11 as the election date in a formal letter to President Arif Alvi. However, it was later clarified by the Presidency that the president had met not only with CEC Raja but also with all four members of the commission and Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan as per the SC’s directives.
During the meeting, a comprehensive discussion took place, encompassing various aspects related to the upcoming general elections, including the progress made by the ECP in terms of delimitation of constituencies. After careful consideration, the participants unanimously agreed on the date of February 8, 2024, for the general elections in Pakistan.
This announcement was followed by a statement from the Election Commission of Pakistan reaffirming the decision to hold the general elections on February 8, 2024.