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Pakistan: Election commission says it cannot hold polls in 90 days

PM Imran Khan dissolved the lower house of parliament on Sunday



Security personnel arrive to deploy in front of Parliament House building in Islamabad on April 3, 2022. Photo: AFP
Security personnel arrive to deploy in front of Parliament House building in Islamabad on April 3, 2022. Photo: AFP

By Reuters

Published: Thu 7 Apr 2022, 6:03 PM

Pakistan’s election commission said on Thursday it cannot hold snap polls within 90 days, as requested by the president, and the earliest it could do so was October.

The president had asked the election commission to propose a date within the next 90 days to hold snap polls after Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved the lower house of parliament on Sunday.

“The Election Commission though fully committed to hold elections would however require at least four additional months,” the commission’s statement said, citing the need to update constituency boundaries and other issues.

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