On December 7, 2023, Pakistan's Caretaker Information Minister, Murtaza Solangi, reassured the nation that the general elections will proceed as scheduled on February 8, 2024. The announcement, made during the Geo News program 'Geo Pakistan', dismissed any suggestions of a delay due to cold weather or security concerns. Solangi emphasized that Pakistan has conducted successful elections in harsher conditions, thereby setting a precedent.
Addressing Security Concerns and Weather Conditions
Amidst concerns about the intense winter and potential security challenges in volatile areas such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, Solangi asserted that the country has navigated worse situations and still managed to hold elections. He highlighted that February actually tends to be colder than December, thereby debunking any weather-related apprehensions.
Chief Election Commissioner's Call to Voters
Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja urged the public to vote with the future of their children in mind. He underscored the importance of voting as both a fundamental right and a national duty. He assured the public of the Election Commission's commitment to organizing free, fair, and peaceful polls.
Political Parties and the Level Playing Field
Solangi touched on the common tendency of political parties to portray themselves as victims as elections approach. He cited recent complaints from PML-N and PPP about not receiving a level playing field, suggesting that legitimate grievances could be addressed through the media, courts, and the Election Commission. He also commented on the economy, stating that although it cannot be fixed overnight, progress is being made, as briefed by Fawad Hassan Fawad. He confirmed that the privatization list remains unchanged from the previous government's tenure.