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Hold polling in Punjab on 14th May: SCP

ISLAMABAD: Terming the ECP’s decision apropos postponing the elections in Punjab till 8th day of October, 2023, the 3-member bench of the SCP has ordered to hold polling in Punjab on 14th May, 2023.

The three-member bench headed by CJP Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan gave the verdict reserved on Monday 3rd of April, 2023.

ECP’s 22nd March, 2023 decision of postponing the elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (till 8th of October, 2023) has been declared null and void.

Since incumbent government had claimed that due to deteriorating law and order situation of the country and lack of funds, elections could not be held, Ministry of Defense submitted its report which was consulted by the bench.

Reinstating the previous schedule of elections with minor adjustments, SCP has ordered the Federal Government to get help of Armed Forces/Paramilitary Rangers and provide Rs. 21 billion to the ECP by 10th of April, 2023 enabling it to hold the polls.

Punjab Assembly Election Program announced by SCP:

1) 10th day of April, 2023: The last day for filing appeals apropos rejection of nomination papers;

2) 17th day of April, 2023: The last day for deciding appeals;

3) 18th day of April, 2023: The date to publish list of candidates;

4) 19th day of April, 2023: The last date for withdrawal of candidature;

5) 20th day of April, 2023: The last day to allot symbols to candidates.

The court will continue hearing the case of polling in KP.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.