KP Governor says he hoped for ‘unanimous’ resolution on KP, Punjab ballot dates – Pakistan
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali on Saturday lamented President Arif Alvi’s announcement on holding elections in Punjab on April 30, saying he wished a “unanimous” resolution was reached relating to the elections in each KP and Punjab.
Chatting with Aaj Information earlier right this moment, he stated: “It could have been good if all three of us (President Alvi, Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja and myself) would have sat collectively and decided after listening to one another’s opinions and the steps taken by the election fee.
“However possibly, he thought of it acceptable to offer a date by himself,” he added.
A day in the past, hours after the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) wrote a letter to President Alvi suggesting potential ballot dates — between April 30 and Might 7 — for Punjab, he announced that elections in Punjab can be held on April 30.
The ECP’s press launch had additional stated it had written a letter to the KP governor, stating that the electoral physique was ready for his response relating to the date for polls within the province.
The announcement got here days after the Supreme Court docket ruled that the elections to the Punjab and KP assemblies must be held throughout the stipulated interval of 90 days. It, nevertheless, allowed the ECP to suggest a ballot date that deviates from the 90-day deadline by the “barest minimal”, in case of any sensible problem.
In his interview right this moment, Governor Ali stated, “If we make choices on this method, it can create difficulties and so far as his giving a date is worried, I believe there’s a stark distinction between the state of affairs of Punjab and KP.”
Individually, he instructed Daybreak.com that because the letter from ECP had arrived yesterday night time and was addressed to his secretary — who was on vacation — it will be opened when the secretary returns to the workplace on Monday.
Concerning the announcement of the date for the KP election, he stated, “Within the context of the Supreme Court docket’s verdict, no matter date is on the market, will maintain elections.
“Making the preparations is the ECP’s job [while] I’ll give the proposed date,” the governor added.
Whereas he voiced his intent to announce the date, he bemoaned the shortage of consensus among the many involved stakeholders: “It was my want that the president, chief election commissioner and I give a unanimous date.
Governor Ali additionally stated a “optimistic message” would have been despatched if the president had referred to as for a unanimous date for each provinces earlier than asserting the date for the Punjab elections.
“I even contacted President Arif Alvi yesterday for a unanimous date. [However], he introduced the election date for Punjab by himself,” he lamented.
Punjab, KP election limbo
In a mammoth public gathering in November last year, former prime minister Imran Khan had announced that his get together would disassociate itself from the “present corrupt political system” by quitting the 2 provincial assemblies the place PTI was in energy.
Regardless of a number of obstacles put up by the coalition authorities, the Punjab and KP assemblies had been dissolved on Jan 14 and Jan 18, respectively. Underneath the legislation, the elections are to be held inside 90 days after the dissolution of assemblies.
Meaning April 14 and April 17 had been the deadlines for holding normal elections to Punjab and KP assemblies, however the two governors as a substitute of setting dates for elections after receiving the proposal from the ECP had advised the fee to seek the advice of stakeholders.
Chief secretaries and inspectors-general of the 2 provinces throughout conferences with the ECP had stated they had been in need of police power and talked of terrorism threats, making out a case for pushing aside elections.
The finance division had additionally expressed its incapability to supply funds and the inside ministry told the ECP that the military and civil armed forces is not going to be accessible.
On Feb 17, President Alvi had invited CEC Raja for an pressing assembly relating to consultations on election dates however the ECP told him he had no role within the announcement of dates for normal elections to provincial assemblies and the fee was conscious of its constitutional obligation on this regard.
Subsequently, the president unilaterally introduced April 9 because the date for holding normal elections for the Punjab and KP assemblies.
The transfer drew sharp criticism from his political opponents, who accused him of performing like a PTI employee whereas the ECP stated it will announce the ballot schedule solely after the “competent authority” fixes the date.