Elections can’t be postponed, ECP tells Senate on polls delay resolution

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected a demand made in a Senate resolution seeking a delay in the February 8 polls, stating that all arrangements have been completed and it will not be “advisable” to put off the polls.

The ECP statement comes in response to Senate’s January 5 resolution moved by Senator Dilawar Khan and passed by the house amid thin attendance.

The resolution had cited harsh weather conditions in hilly areas and the deteriorating security situation as reasons for delaying the polls.

In the statement today, the ECP said it deliberated on the resolution in the meeting and observed that caretaker governments had been issued directions for “beefing up security matrix and provide congenial environment to the electorate” for peaceful elections.

Moreover, the electoral body said it submitted commitment before the Supreme Court that for holding elections on Feb 8, 2024.

Similarly, the ECP said it would not be out of place to mention that in the past general elections and local government polls have been held in winter season.