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Senate passes resolution for same-day elections

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Senate on Monday unanimously approved a resolution calling for simultaneous elections for the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies.

In its ruling on April 4th, the Supreme Court directed the transfer of Rs21 billion to the Pakistan Election Commission for the Punjab poll.

Senator Tahir Bizenjo introduced the resolution during the Senate meeting, which was presided over by Sadiq Sanjrani.

Elections for the NA and provincial assemblies must take place on the same day because, according to the resolution, political stability is necessary for economic stability in the nation.

According to the resolution, holding elections simultaneously in the center and the provinces will strengthen the federation whereas elections in Punjab alone would have a negative effect on other provinces.

In the resolution, Senator Tahir Bizenjo also stated that Pakistan could not afford any more political instability. Instead of engaging in conflict, he continued, “We need to work for national stability.”

The opposition senators protested and surrounded the Senate chairman’s chair as the resolution was passed with a majority.
The Election Charge Expense Bill 2023 was introduced earlier in the day by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar before the National Assembly (NA), after a committee motion made by Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

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