Pakistani PM to formally start consultations for electionsSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 23/01/2013 9:14 am in World / no comments
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 22 — Pakistan’s ruling party Tuesday empowered the Prime Minister to start formal consultations with all political forces on the mode and modalities for holding elections, the PM office said.
The current assemblies will complete its terms in mid-March and parliamentary elections will be held within three months after that. As the elections fever gains momentum, the top leadership of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party met in Islamabad on Tuesday and discussed matters relating to the elections.
“The meeting urged the Prime Minister to hold consultations with all political forces on the mode and modalities for holding elections to the National and Provincial Assemblies in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner,” the PM office said.
The Prime Minister decided to formally start the consultation process for this purpose, a statement said.
The meeting carried out an in-depth review of the political situation in the country with focus on the holding of free and fair elections in the country in accordance with the law and Constitution.
The meeting resolved that free and fair elections will be held in accordance with the constitution in a fair and free manner and within the time limit stipulated in the Constitution and will not be delayed even for a day.
The Prime Minister will discuss the establishment of a caretaker government that will supervise the elections under the law.
The main opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), led by former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has proposed two names for the caretaker prime minister, opposition sources say.
The PML-N leaders are also consulting other opposition parties to seek their backing for their nominees.
Sources said that the opposition leader in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, will meet chief of Jamaat-e- Islami, Munawar Hasan in Islamabad on Wednesday.