Following LHC order, ECP seeks meeting with punjab governor to decide polling date

Days after the Lahore High Court directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to immediately announce the date for elections in Punjab, the electoral watchdog on Monday sought a meeting with the governor to consult him on the matter.

According to a handout released by the ECP, the commission has requested Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman to schedule a meeting on Feb 14 (Tuesday) to discuss the date for provincial elections.

The handout said that Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja presided over a meeting today — that included ECP Secretary Umer Hameed and other senior officials and members — to discuss the “implementation” of the LHC order.

The commission said it had written a letter to Rehman to suggest “an appropriate time” for tomorrow’s meeting.

It added that the electoral body had appointed the ECP secretary to head the discussions with the governor, along with ECP Special Secretary Zafar Iqbal Hussain and Director General (Law) Mohammad Arshad.

The designated ECP team would then brief the commission about the talks so that it could decide on the future strategy for conducting polls in the province.

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