The Punjab Assembly general elections will take place on April 30, and the returning officers will publish a notice to the public on March 11. This information comes from the ECP.
The election monitor also stated that nomination papers may be submitted by candidates between March 12 and March 14 and that the papers would be scrutinised on March 22. Also, on April 6, the ECP will provide the candidates with their election symbols.
The Supreme Court said last week that the elections for the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies have to be placed within the allotted 90 days. Furthermore, it was said that dates for the Punjab and KP assemblies would be determined in collaboration with the ECP by President Dr Arif Alvi and the governor of KP, respectively.
The ECP sent distinct letters to the president and the governor of the KP on Friday. The electoral watchdog recommended holding the polls between April 30 and May 7 in a letter to Alvi. Elections in Punjab would take place on April 30th, Alvi confirmed later that day.
Also, according to the electoral watchdog, political parties must give the returning officers their priority list of reserved seats by March 14.
According to the ECP notification, appeals against RO judgements must be filed by March 27. The Appellate Tribunal’s decision-making deadline is April 3.
The notification also stated that April 5 would be the final day for candidates to withdraw their names from consideration and for the amended candidate list to be published.
The final step is the distribution of election symbols to the candidates on April 6, with the voting day being April 30.
The deadline for submitting a separate priority list for the reserved seats was March 14, according to the announcement, and the schedule will also apply to seats earmarked for women and minorities.