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Balochistan Assembly Wants Delay In Elections

Balochistan Assembly Wants Delay In Elections: A resolution was approved in Balochistan Assembly stating a one-month delay in holding of General Elections 2018.

Due To Hajj

The resolution, submitted by Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, demands that the elections be held in August, instead of July this year, because “a majority of the public wants to undertake Hajj for which many would be travelling to Saudi Arabia in July” and therefore, they would be unable to vote in the elections.

Due to Monsoon Rain

The resolution also expresses concern that the province receives monsoon downpours during the month of July, due to which many districts face flooding and a lot of residents are forced to move to other areas for shelter. Such a situation would deprive these people of the opportunity to vote, it states.

Keeping these concerns in mind, the provincial government is therefore requested to ask the federal government to instead hold the elections in the last week of August so that everyone can exercise their constitutional right to vote, the resolution adds.

President Mamnoon Hussain last week approved a summary sent by the Election Commission of Pakistan for general elections to be held on July 25, 2018.

Balochistan Assembly Wants Delay In Elections
Balochistan Assembly Wants Delay In Elections

The current government will complete its 5 year term on May 31. The caretaker government will then take over to ensure a smooth switch of power after the elections.

“Keeping these concerns in mind, the provincial government is therefore requested to ask the federal government to instead hold the elections in the last week of August so that everyone can exercise their constitutional right to vote,” the resolution adds.

The Balochistan Assembly on Wednesday approved a resolution demanding one-month delay in the upcoming general elections.

Keeping these concerns in mind, the provincial government is therefore requested to ask the federal government to instead hold the elections in the last week of August so that everyone can exercise their constitutional right to vote, the resolution adds.

The National Party (NP) and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) has opposed the resolution.

Bahadurabad faction of the MQM

A delegation of the Bahadurabad faction of the MQM held a meeting with the Sindh election commissioner. The Bahadurabad faction submitted a petition with the election commission, requesting it to delay delimitation of constituencies, until actual results of the population census are announced.

MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar warned that his party could boycott the forthcoming elections, if its reservations were not addressed.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that general elections would be held on time. An ECP spokesperson said the Islamabad High Court’s decision to declare delimitation of some constituencies as void had not been received.

Section 230 (3) of the Elections Act, 2017

Through a statement, the ECP has drawn the attention of caretaker prime minister, caretaker chief ministers and caretaker ministers and members of caretaker governments to the Section 230 (3) of the Elections Act, 2017. The law makes it binding on the caretaker prime minister, chief ministers and ministers to file assets and liabilities details of their own, their spouses and dependents to the ECP within three days after assuming the respective offices.

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