The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has officially announced that the general election in Pakistan is scheduled for February 8, 2024.
This crucial announcement has generated a significant amount of anticipation and excitement, not only among political parties but also among the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are eagerly looking forward to what this election holds for them and their region.
They are hopeful that this election will be conducted fairly and transparently, ensuring that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stands out as a unique province with its own set of expectations and aspirations. The people here are enthusiastic and optimistic about the election, eagerly anticipating the opportunity for positive change through the political process. They are looking for fresh initiatives and policies that will improve their lives and address the specific challenges and opportunities of their region.
However, the political landscape is not without its complexities. The uncertainty surrounding the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is palpable. Various political parties are vying for a majority and the opportunity to form the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, making bold claims about their potential success. This political competition is expected to be intense, with each party putting forth its vision and promises to the electorate.
Muhammad Atif Haleem, the President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Trade Wing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa expressed gratitude to the government of Pakistan for setting the election date. PTI is gearing up for the election with full participation and is planning to contest in every constituency. Haleem also highlighted a significant shift in PTI’s approach this time. He emphasized that PTI’s candidates will be selected without any influence of malpractices or corruption. Under the clear directives of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the party is committed to ensuring the integrity and cleanliness of its candidates. Furthermore, PTI has initiated its campaign at the grassroots level, focusing on Union Councils and Village Councils. The party’s goal is to secure a decisive victory in the upcoming election.
Addressing concerns about previous elections where ticket distribution was marred by favoritism and nepotism, Haleem assured that this time, PTI’s ticket allocation process will be based on the preferences of party workers and the candidates’ previous records. PTI recognizes that past decisions might not have been ideal and aims to rectify these issues in the upcoming election.
Haleem underlined the significance of PTI’s participation in the election, emphasizing its status as a major and popular party in Pakistan. He extended a humble request to the Pakistan Army and other relevant institutions to ensure a free and fair election for the betterment of the country.
He stressed that Pakistan had suffered from the grasp of corrupt elements for far too long, and it is time to give the people the chance to select clean and capable representatives for the country’s benefit.
Haleem also highlighted Imran Khan’s clear and compelling political vision for the youth of the country, who are now more informed and aware of the various political parties and their agendas. PTI’s social media and Union Council-level workers are actively engaged in their efforts, and the party is confident in its ability to win convincingly across the country.
Awami National Party (ANP), District Nazim Saleem Shah expressed their party’s readiness for the upcoming election. ANP has taken the proactive step of allocating party tickets three months in advance and has already initiated activities at the district and Union Council levels.
Their organizational structure is in place, and they are addressing any issues with members who may have disagreed or been absent for various reasons.
Saleem Shah highlighted ANP’s achievements in education, particularly the establishment of 12 universities during their tenure. ANP is confident that these past accomplishments, along with their renewed efforts, will position them favorably in the upcoming election and potentially lead to forming the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Muhammad Ishaq Khan, a worker from Jamaat Islami (JI) in Peshawar, emphasized JI’s history of advocating for the people’s welfare. He mentioned their previous efforts to raise their voices against rising prices and their solidarity with international causes, such as protests against Israeli actions in Gaza. He proudly noted that JI’s workers are still actively collecting donations to aid the people of Palestine.
Regarding the upcoming general election, Khan stated that JI is fully committed to participating and has already begun its preparations at the provincial level. The party leadership has entrusted their area leaders with specific responsibilities, and they are working diligently to reach every corner of their respective regions.
Jamiat Ulma Islam (JUI), another prominent political party, is also actively preparing for the election. Haji Jalil Jan, the Provincial Spokesman for JUI, emphasized their party’s continued readiness and commitment to follow their leadership’s instructions. JUI is confident that they will emerge as a dominant party, not only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but also in other provinces, securing a majority in the upcoming election.
It’s worth noting that various other political parties in the province, including the Pakistan People Party, Pakistan Tehreek Insaf Parliamentarians Party, and Quami Watan Party, have also welcomed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to hold the election on February 8, 2024, and have initiated their preparations for the forthcoming electoral contest.
On November 4, a high-level meeting was held in the Civil Secretariat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, presided over by Chief Secretary Nadeem Aslam Chaudhary. The meeting discussed the issuance of no-objection certificates (NOC) from district deputy commissioners, which are necessary for holding public meetings as part of the election campaign.
The Chief Secretary emphasized the provincial government’s unwavering commitment to supporting the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in conducting a free, fair, and transparent election. He assured that all available resources would be utilized to ensure the electoral process’s integrity and transparency. The government’s dedication to facilitating the ECP’s work underscores the importance of this election for Pakistan’s democratic future.