Finance Ministry Prepares Report Regarding Funds for Punjab Election
ISLAMABAD: According to sources cited by ARY News, the finance ministry submitted a brief on Monday for the federal cabinet and Parliament about the allocation of funds for the Punjab elections.
According to the sources, the report that was finalized by the finance ministry noted problems with the availability of significant quantities of money for separate elections.
It is currently impossible to withdraw Rs21 billion for the Punjab polls, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, because there was no money set aside in the budget for the elections.
According to the research, if any of the budgets or spending for a pool are altered, financial issues would result. The overview also contains information on planning, law and order, energy, law and health, and education.
According to further sources, the next budget will include funding for the election. The report will be presented to Parliament by the government.
It should be mentioned that, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s instructions, today is the final day to donate money to the Pakistani Election Commission for the elections in the Punjab.
It is important to note that the ECP’s decision to postpone the provincial assembly elections until October 8 was deemed “unconstitutional” by a three-member bench, which included Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and Justice Munib Akhtar. The government was then ordered to release Rs21 billion for elections in Punjab by April 10.
Punjab election schedule
Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan announced the schedule for elections in Punjab — which are to be held on May 14.
According to the electoral watchdog (ECP) notification, the polling for the Punjab Assembly elections will be held on May 14, 2023. The ECP also withdrew its earlier schedule regarding the holding of general elections in Punjab in October.
As per the schedule, appeals can be filed against the decisions of Returning Officers regarding rejection or accepting nomination papers on April 10.