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ECP begins preparation for General Elections: report

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started making plans for the upcoming general elections, according to local media reports on Thursday.

In addition to watermarked ballots, the ECP has chosen to use ballots with additional features for the upcoming elections.

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In contrast to the 220 million ballots that were printed for the most recent general election, about 240 million ballots are expected to be printed this time.

This election has more than 120 million eligible voters enrolled. According to the report, there were approximately 118.2 million people registered to vote in the 2018 elections.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) earlier this week approved Rs15 billion in favour of the electoral body for the current fiscal year 2022–2023.

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The decision was made at a meeting presided over by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

It should be highlighted that of the Rs 15 billion, Rs 5 billion will be provided right away, and the other Rs 10 billion will be released in instalments after the first tranche is over.

General elections must be held in Pakistan within 60 days of the National Assembly’s dissolution, under the constitution. The current assembly’s term will come to an end on August 13, 2023.

Elections must be held within 90 days of the assembly’s earlier dissolution if the constitution is followed.

The biggest opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has pushed for national elections since being ousted from power. The current administration, however, has insisted that the elections will take place on time.


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