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Punjab election date expected to be announced today

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ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is expected to meet on Friday to announce the date for elections in Punjab following the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s (SCP) order directing the ECP to hold elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
The commission is expected to suggest the last week of April as the date for elections.
Sources said that the ECP could float in the last week of April as the date for the election, around a week after Eid ul Fitr which is likely to fall on April 22.
On the other hand, President Dr Arif Alvi’s letter proposing the date for elections could also be dispatched today and the schedule would be announced after the president’s nod.
The ECP had joined heads after the apex court’s ruling over the date for elections on Thursday and it will be its third consecutive meeting on Friday.
Earlier, the SCP had ordered the authorities concerned to hold the elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within 90 days of the dissolution of the assemblies. Punjab Assembly was dissolved on Jan 14 while the KP Assembly was dissolved on Jan 18.
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