Govt Still Coy On Date To Dissolve Assemblies

Govt Still Coy On Date To Dissolve Assemblies
The government has yet to formally announce the date on which the national and two provincial assemblies will be dissolved. Still, it has come out to formally dismiss another date doing the rounds.

On Tuesday, it was reported that two of the major parties in the ruling coalition had decided on a new date to dissolve the assemblies, August 8.

This would mean that the assemblies would be dissolved five days before their term ends at midnight between August 12 and 13.

However, Federal Interior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb came out to deny the report.

In a message posted on the social media website Twitter, she said that a decision has yet to be made on which date the assemblies would complete their tenure.

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"An announcement on the date will be made after consulting the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) coalition and other allied parties," she said, asserting that a formal announcement would be made once a decision is made.

Should the assemblies be dissolved on August 8, it would prevent parties in the ruling rainbow coalition from the criticism that assemblies were dissolved merely hours before their tenure ends just so that they can gain an additional 30 days to hold elections.

However, in a recent huddle between former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore, it emerged that both had decided to let the assembly complete its tenure without dissolving it prematurely.

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Doing so would mean that according to Pakistan's election laws, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would have around 60 days to hold general elections for a new government.

Should the parties dissolve the assembly earlier, it would mean that the ECP could hold elections in 90 days.