Election Commission of Pakistan Announces Schedule for 2024 General Elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has recently unveiled the schedule for the upcoming general elections in 2024, setting the polling day for February 8. According to the commission’s statement, the process of candidate nominations will take place from December 20 to December 22. Subsequently, scrutiny of nomination papers will occur between December 24 and December 30.

However, the Lahore High Court’s decision has caused a delay, prompting the Election Commission to release the electoral schedule following a directive from the Supreme Court.

The announcement specifies that the deadline for filing appeals against the acceptance or rejection of nomination papers is January 3, 2024. The appellate authority will make final decisions on appeals by January 10, 2024.

The Election Commission further stated that the final list of candidates will be released on January 11, with the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers set for January 12, 2024.

Candidates will receive their electoral symbols on January 13, as mentioned in the commission’s statement.

In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, the Election Commission has reinstated the training of Returning Officers (ROs) and District Returning Officers (DROs). ROs and DROs training is scheduled for December 17-18 and December 19, respectively.

The electoral process involves a meticulous training regime, ensuring that ROs and DROs are well-versed in their responsibilities. The reactivation of training aligns with the Supreme Court’s ruling, emphasizing the importance of a well-prepared and trained election staff.

In addition, the commission has outlined that the training for Returning Officers will take place on December 17 and 18, while the training for District Returning Officers is scheduled for December 19.

With the electoral machinery set in motion, the Election Commission of Pakistan is gearing up for a robust and well-organized electoral process in 2024. The schedule, inclusive of nomination processes, appeals, and training initiatives, reflects a commitment to transparency and efficiency in the democratic proceedings of the country. As the political landscape unfolds, the nation anticipates an engaging and closely monitored electoral season.