As Pakistan gears up for its upcoming elections, the Chief Election Commissioner, Sikandar Sultan Raja, has declared that the Election Commission is fully equipped to conduct a transparent voting process. With polling day set for February 8, 2024, the Commission stands on the precipice of a pivotal moment in the nation's democratic journey.
The Commission's Preparedness
In a statement given on National Voters' Day, Raja has highlighted the Commission's readiness to carry out its constitutional and legal responsibilities. The final electoral lists have been printed and distributed, and notifications for District Returning Officers (DROs), Returning Officers (ROs), and Assistant Officers are soon to be issued. Raja has assured that during the elections, comprehensive security will be implemented to ensure a peaceful voting process.
Call for Citizen Participation
Raja has further implored the citizens of Pakistan to exercise their right to vote, emphasizing it as a key instrument for shaping the country's future. He underscored that voting is not merely a right, but a national duty. Cooperation with the Election Commission, he stressed, will be crucial in the smooth execution of the electoral process.
Political Developments and Alliances
In the build-up to the elections, significant political developments have taken place. PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif has held a meeting with PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain to discuss proposals for an electoral alliance. The alliance, if formed, will have a significant impact on the elections, changing the dynamics of the political landscape.
Financial Support for the Election Commission
The Ministry of Finance has released a substantial amount of Rs 17.4 billion to the Election Commission to aid in the preparation of the general elections. This follows an earlier release of Rs 10 billion out of Rs 42 billion from the funds reserved for the election's preparation, marking the government's commitment to supporting the Election Commission in conducting free and fair elections.