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If assemblies are dissolved there will be elections of that assembly only, ECP

Re-election in Punjab, KP would cost at least Rs22.5 billion ECP spokesperson

The Election Commission of Pakistan has said that if the assemblies of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) will be dissolved then there will be general elections or by-elections.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced to resign from all seats in all the assemblies of the country. Consultation of PTI top brass and provincial brass has been ongoing at Zaman Park Lahore in this regard.

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A spokesperson of the ECP has said that if the provincial assemblies will be dissolved by PTI then the elections of only the respective provincial assemblies will be held within 60 days in these constituencies.

When the spokesperson was asked if it will be difficult to hold by-elections and general elections in the same year, he said that it was difficult to hold by-elections and general elections in a single year but they were bound by the law.

The election commission spokesperson also said that about Rs50 to 70 million will be spent on elections in any provincial constituency. He further told that if the assemblies of Punjab and KP will be dissolved and re-elections will be held there then it would cost at least Rs 22.5 billion.

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PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has reacted to the statement of ECP. In his tweet, he stated that incompetent Election Commissioners and officers were a burden on the state exchequer. He also stated that it was the responsibility of the ECP to hold elections within 90 days if the provincial assemblies were dissolved. He also suggested the ECP to be prepared as it was not their job to issue statements.

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