The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the government have stated that the tensions between Pakistan and Iran will have no effect on the general elections scheduled for February 8.
When asked if border tensions between Pakistan and Iran would disrupt the polls and their schedule, the ECP spokesperson stated that the commission was resolute and focused on holding elections as planned and on the specified date.
"The ECP is preoccupied with election preparations, and there is no request or contemplation of changing the poll date due to tensions between Pakistan and Iran.
"We are working as usual and are all set to hold elections on February 8," he added.
While responding to a question regarding elections, Federal Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi confirmed that polls would take place on time. He stated that the tensions between Pakistan and Iran will have no effect on the elections or their timing.
The minister believed that the tensions between Pakistan and Iran would now begin to subside. He bemoaned that certain individuals, including some in the media, are trying to exploit various excuses to postpone the polls, which Solangi vowed would take place on February 8.
When asked about the security requirements for the polls, the information minister stated that the government will provide the ECP with the necessary protection to ensure that the elections take place peacefully. "There will be no backtracking from the announced date for general elections," the minister emphasized.