In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, President Dr. Arif Alvi recommends holding elections by November 6. It’s vital to remember that the letter is merely a recommendation and not an official proclamation. This follows reports that the president would unilaterally announce an election date.
The president cited Article 48(5) of the Constitution in the letter, which gives him the authority to choose a date for elections within 90 days of dissolving the National Assembly. This article states that the general election for the National Assembly must take place no later than the 89th day following the date of dissolution, which would be Monday, November 6, 2023.
In order to explain constitutional requirements, the president also invited the chief election commissioner to a meeting. As required by the Constitution and the Elections Act of 2017, which falls under the jurisdiction of the electoral commission, constituency delimitation was, nonetheless, in progress, according to the CEC.