Islamabad (Web Desk): Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi on Monday ruled out any “crisis on meeting the financial needs of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)” in order to hold free, fair and transparent general elections in the country.
“The Cabinet had approved Rs42 billion for the budgetary needs of the ECP. An amount of Rs 10 billion was already released,” the minister wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
There is no crisis on meeting the financial needs of the ECP.— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) December 4, 2023
The cabinet had approved Rs 42 billion for the budgetary needs of the ECP. An amount of Rs 10 billion was already released.
The ECP has approached to release Rs 17.4 billion out of the budgeted amount.
He said the Election Commission of Pakistan had approached to release Rs 17.4 billion, out of the budgeted amount.
“Whatever budgeted amount is needed by the ECP, will be released as per its needs accordingly,” Solangi added.
The information minister said that the caretaker government firmly stood behind the ECP in holding free and fair elections as mandated by Article 218(3) of the Constitution.