ISLAMABAD – The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to promptly declare the date for elections in Punjab. The ECP has opted to challenge the LHC’s decision internally.
According to the head electoral body, announcing the date was not constitutionally mandated. According to the report, the high court also ordered the ECP to meet with Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman.
The LHC decision states that “the ECP is directed to immediately announce the date of election of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab with the notification specifying reasons, after consultation with the governor of Punjab, being the constitutional head of the province,” in order to ensure that the elections are held not later than ninety days as per the mandate of the Constitution.
In accordance with the court ruling, the ECP met with the governor for discussions, but no date for the province’s elections could be decided. The governor has said that since he had not dissolved the Punjab Assembly, he was not required to disclose the date.
The ECP has also made the decision to file a separate petition to the LHC to alert it of the challenges facing the election’s conduct.