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Pakistan Reader# 538, 25 January 2023

After the dissolution: ECP suggests holding assembly elections for Punjab and KP in April



Commission state that the election date must not exceed the proposed dates

Apoorva Sudhakar

On 24 January, the ECP in separate letters to principal secretaries to the governors of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and proposed dates for the assembly elections. The ECP suggested that elections be held between 9 and 13 April in Punjab, and between 15 and 17 April in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The commission in the letters cited Article 224 of the Constitution, stipulates the holding of the general election of an assembly within 90 days of the legislature’s dissolution. According to Article 224, “When the National Assembly or a provincial assembly is dissolved, a general election to the assembly shall be held within a period of ninety days after the dissolution, and the results of the election shall be declared not later than fourteen days after the conclusion of the polls.” Further, the commission state that the election date must not exceed the proposed dates.

Dissolution of Punjab Provincial Assembly
On 14 January, the Punjab Assembly was dissolved after Governor Balighur Rehman decided to distance himself from the process, saying he could not become a part of the move. A notice from the Governor stated that said the provincial assembly and provincial cabinet stood dissolved under Article 112(1) of the Constitution. The notice added that a caretaker CM would be appointed by the governor in consultation with the then Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and Leader of the Opposition in the PA Hamza Shahbaz.

Dissolution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly
On 18 January, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was dissolved after Governor Haji Ghulam Ali signed and approved Chief Minister Mahmood Khan’s summary for the dissolution of the provincial assembly. According to the notification, the KP Assembly and provincial cabinet were dissolved with immediate effect under Clause 1 of Article 112 of the Constitution. The two dissolutions came as part of Imran Khan's announcement that his governments in Punjab and KP would dissolve their assemblies to pave the way for fresh elections.

References
Irfan Sadozai, “ECP recommends holding Punjab Assembly elections between April 9-13,” Dawn, 25 January 2023

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