ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan has clarified that it will hold by-elections on the vacant seats as Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, in its latest effort to pile pressure on the government, announced to dissolve the provincial assemblies.
The electoral watchdog issued a statement ahead of a crucial huddle of Imran Khan-led party as leaders of the former ruling party are chalking out a strategy for the dissolution of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab assemblies.
In a statement, a spokesperson of the Election Commission of Pakistan said only by-elections will be held on vacant seats if PTI stepped down from all assemblies.
He mentioned that by-elections would be held under constitutional procedure if any provincial assembly is dissolved, adding that up to Rs70 million will be required for holding a by-poll in any of the provincial constituencies.
Shooting down PTI’s strategy, an ECP spokesperson said that there is no specific law regarding the announcement of general elections if certain seats are vacated.
Delving into details, he said the public representatives are elected for five years and if their seats get vacant due to any reason, authorities conduct by-polls within two months.
Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.
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