Dr. Arif Alvi met with Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), to discuss the upcoming elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as the country’s overall political atmosphere.
President Alvi paid a visit to the PTI leader at his house in Zaman Park, Lahore, on Thursday.
Both politicians criticised the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for failing to announce dates for the KP and Punjab elections.
The two leaders also addressed the president’s letter to the ECP demanding that the commission publicise the election date.
While Talking to President Alvi, Imran khan stated:
“ECP has failed to fulfill its fundamental duty.”
President Arif Alvi urged on Wednesday that the ECP declare the election schedule for the two provinces’ assemblies as soon as possible.
In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, President Arif Alvi declared that Article 224(2) of the Constitution requires the election of a parliament to take place within 90 days after the dissolution.
He highlighted that Article 218(3) of the Constitution, which mandated the ECP with guaranteeing fair and free elections, classified election conduct and holding as the ECP’s basic and essential job.
He reminded the CEC and other ECP members of their fundamental duties in accordance with their oath under Article 214 and the Third Schedule of the Constitution, which states:
“I will discharge my duties…faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” and the Elections Act of 2017.
He argued that the ECP should proclaim the election dates for the two defunct legislatures promptly in order to avoid serious consequences of constitutional or legal infractions.