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A view of election campaign banners near the cordoned off crime scene after a shooting incident at a Long March organized by former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Wazirabad, Pakistan, November 4, 2022. (Image: Reuters)
Elections to the Punjab Legislative Assembly, which were to be held on April 30, were postponed till October 8.
Pakistan’s election monitoring body on Wednesday postponed elections to a regional assembly after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s government refused to provide necessary funds and polling staff, citing financial constraints.
Elections to the Punjab Legislative Assembly, which were to be held on 30 April, were postponed till 8 October.
The move drew criticism from former prime minister and current opposition leader Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
The decision comes months after Khan’s party dissolved regional assemblies in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces after failing to force national elections.
Khan has been calling for early elections since he was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament last April. Sharif has rejected this demand and elections are due later this year.
Sharif wants voting for national elections and regional assemblies to be held on the same day.
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