February 8, 2023

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There is no truth in reports that next general elections cannot be held in three months: ECP Spokesperson

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday denied there being any truth to reports of it being unable to hold fresh elections within three months.

According to the spokesperson of the ECP, the commission had convened an emergency meeting on election preparations.

“There is no truth in the reports that the next general elections cannot be held in three months,” the spokesperson said. “Election Commission will fulfill its responsibility under the Constitution and the law. The meeting will review the preparation in the event of general elections.”

In a tweet, the commission stated that “It is necessary to clarify that the Election Commission of Pakistan has not issued any statement regarding the election.”

The ECP’s clarification came following various media reports stating that the commission would not be able to conduct general elections in three months due to some procedural and legal challenges.

Former information and law minister Fawad Chaudhry also tweeted regarding the matter, accusing a media organisation of publishing “fake news” every day. “Earlier, the same media group reported that Tehreek-e-Insaf was planning a massacre in Islamabad. Now it been reported that the Election Commission has refused to hold the election”.