ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday announced the date for holding elections in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The top electoral watch dog said that the elections will be held in KP on October 8, 2023. The commission accepted the request of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Ghulam Ali who proposed the above mentioned date for the elections in the province.
The ECP said that the election schedule will be issued later on.
Five days ago, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali Friday wrote a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold the general elections in the province on October 8.
The ECP also announced October 8 date for Punjab elections, citing rise in terror activities in the province.
In a letter addressed to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, the KP governor said that it would be in the “best public interest” if polls were held in October.
Haji Ghulam Ali said that a fresh wave of terrorist activities has been taking place in the province. He said these activities include cross-border fire in North Waziristan, an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on an army vehicle in Kohat, heavy exchange of fire with terrorists in South Waziristan on March 15, unknown terrorists fire on Khyber’s Bara Police Station on March 19.
He said a terrorist attack took on a police station in DI Khan followed by a search operation by the army, resulting in the martyrdom of three army soldiers on the night between March 21 and 22.