PPP reacts strongly to ECP's Election Date

PPP reacts strongly to ECP's Election Date

On Thursday, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) denounced the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) earlier announcement about the upcoming general elections as 'unconstitutional.'

According to the ECP, these elections are scheduled for the final week of January 2024, with the preliminary constituency delimitations set to be released on September 27. A prominent PPP member, Faisal Karim Kundi, rejected the ECP's decision, expressing his party's reservations about the election date.

He stated that these concerns had been communicated to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Kundi mentioned that the party's Central Executive Committee would convene a meeting upon Bilawal Bhutto's return to Pakistan to determine the next steps.

It's worth noting that Bilawal Bhutto, the PPP chairman, and former foreign minister, is currently celebrating his 35th birthday in Dubai, UAE, where he plans to stay for five days. Bilawal has consistently emphasized his party's request for the ECP to announce the election date in accordance with the constitution.

On September 11, he reiterated that the PPP was fully prepared for the upcoming elections, whether they occur within 90 days or, at the latest, within 120 days following the dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies. Kundi labeled the ECP's announcement as a violation of the constitution and deemed it unacceptable to the PPP.

He stressed that the Election Commission of Pakistan would be held accountable if it failed to conduct elections in line with constitutional guidelines. Kundi indicated that the party's CEC would deliberate on whether to pursue legal action or engage in public action against the ECP's decision.