KP Election Date To Be Finalised On March 14: Governor Ghulam Ali

KP Election Date To Be Finalised On March 14: Governor Ghulam Ali
KP Governor Haji Ghulam Ali has said that he would hold talks with the chief election commissioner next week to confirm the date for elections in the province.

Ali made the remarks while talking to a group of journalists from the Nowshera Press Club, on Saturday.

He told media persons that the government accepted the SC verdict to conduct the elections within the given constitutional timeframe.

Referring to his talks on March 8 with a ECP delegation, he said, "I am going to Islamabad on March 14. I will have a detailed discussion with the CEC on KP polls."

He added that the electoral authority will be apprised of the concerns of the provincial government so they can be sorted out, adding that "hopefully", the two sides will reach a final date for the polling.

Ali also pointed at the issue of law and order in KP due to the new wave of terrorism, and stressed that ground realities in the two provinces, where the polls are due, are different.

He, however, clarified that the provincial government did not intend to deviate from the SC verdict in any way.

Earlier, the ECP urgently demanded a budget of Rs15 billion for conducting elections in Punjab and KP.

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CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja presided over a vital meeting, where the electoral body announced that Rs20 billion will be needed for the elections. Only Rs5 billion of this total has been given to the commission thus far, leaving a Rs15 billion gap.

The commission urged the government to swiftly release the required cash so that election preparations can move forward without more hiccups.

To guarantee that money and security would be available, the finance secretary and home secretary were invited to the conference.

ECP told finance secretary that a staggering Rs65 billion would be needed to conduct general elections throughout the country.

On the other hand, the finance secretary shed light on the challenging economic situation in the country and expressed difficulties in providing the necessary funds.

On March 1, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered that elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa must take place within the next 90 days.