On Wednesday, the Supreme Court orders elections in Punjab and KP Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) in 90 days.
Following the order, the chief justice also said that ‘democracy cannot exist without assemblies’.
The court further ruled that President Arif Alvi’s orders will be binding on Punjab but not K-P.
The current reigning government tackling the elections, but the court has given its final order and it must be done in any case.
Supreme Court Orders Elections in 90 Days In Punjab & KP
“If the governor dissolved the assembly then the governor will announce the election date,” ruled the court.
The apex court ruled that the president and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should announce polls in Punjab after consultation.
“In ordinary circumstances,” read the judgment, “the general election to the Punjab Assembly ought to be held on 09.04.2023, the date announced by the president in terms of his order of 20.02.2023.
“However, we are informed that on account of the delay in the emergence of the date for the holding of the general election, it may not be possible to meet the 90-day deadline stipulated by the constitution”, the court stated, ordering the ECP to propose a date that is as close as possible to the one proposed by the president.
“After consultation with the ECP, the president shall announce a date for the holding of the general election to the Punjab Assembly.”
The court has also ordered the K-P governor to announce the date for polls after consulting with the ECP.
Now the big question is, will PTI retain their victor? Just like they won last time in Punjab elections by securing 15 provincial assembly seats out of the 20. Celebrities congratulated PTI on their big victory.
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