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Election Commission to decide schedule for Senate elections, not PM Imran: Maryam

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Thursday said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will decide the schedule for the upcoming Senate elections, not Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Speaking to the media in Lahore, she said: “You can hold the Senate elections one month before or one month later [but] you can’t save your government.”

She said that the ECP chairman should take the decision impartially and independently, because the public will be inclined to see bias if the commission agrees to the government’s unconstitutional step.

Maryam’s statement follows the government’s decision to hold elections in February and invoke the advisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court on open voting for the polls. The elections are to be held for 52 seats of the upper house because as many members of the 104-member Senate will retire on March 11.

“What I don’t understand is that if the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) makes no difference to you […] what is the emergency behind announcing elections one month early. Something which has not happened before in the country’s history,” the PML-N vice president said.

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