The federal cabinet of Pakistan has failed to come to a decision regarding issuing funds to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the upcoming Punjab elections. During an important session chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the cabinet members discussed expanding the scope of consultations for issuing funds to the ECP. However, they ultimately decided to take the matter to the Parliament due to confusion caused by two different rulings from the Supreme Court (SC). Some members suggested partially releasing funds to the election commission to avoid facing contempt of court charges.
The cabinet expressed reservations about the SC’s three-member bench’s verdict and stressed the importance of maintaining the supremacy of the Parliament. They also held consultations regarding the judicial reforms bill ahead of the joint session of the Parliament tomorrow. Lawmakers of their respective parliamentary committees will attend the joint sitting of the Parliament tomorrow. The federal cabinet also urged conducting elections across the country on the same day.
The delay in issuing funds to the ECP has raised concerns about the timely and fair conduct of the upcoming Punjab elections. Without adequate funds, the ECP may not be able to ensure a level playing field for all political parties, leading to allegations of rigging and unfairness.
The federal government needs to prioritize the timely and fair conduct of elections in the country, as it is essential for upholding democracy and ensuring the legitimacy of the government. The ECP plays a crucial role in ensuring free and fair elections and must be provided with the necessary resources to carry out its duties effectively.
The federal cabinet’s indecision regarding issuing funds to the ECP for the Punjab elections has raised concerns about the timely and fair conduct of the elections. The matter has been taken to the Parliament for further consultations, and the federal government must prioritize providing the ECP with the necessary resources to ensure the legitimacy of the elections.