Coalition parties agree to hold elections in October: Report

Published: January 16, 2012

Guardian quotes coalition member as saying it is 100% certain that elections will be held in 2012. PHOTO: SANA/ FILE

The coalition parties of the ruling government have agreed internally to hold general elections in October, a few months before the parliament completes its term, British newspaper Guardian quoted a senior coalition member as saying.

“It is 100% certain that there will be elections in 2012. The only solution is elections. It doesn’t matter whether they are held in June or October,” another coalition member, whose name also remains unknown, told Guardian.

The report published in the British newspaper on Sunday quoted an adviser to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership as saying that it was in the interest of the government that it fulfills the demands of the opposition to hold early elections. “There is no other option for the government to come out of the current crisis without elections.”

Senior analysts also said that President Asif Ali Zardari’s administration was calling for an early election to find a way out of the current political crisis in the country. They have warned that the military might take over if the political parties do not “find a way out of the crisis.”

The report said that according to members of the ruling coalition and its advisers, the government has agreed to an opposition demand of holding early elections, but “only after the separate election takes place in March for the Senate”.

Sources, while talking to The Express Tribune, had also earlier said that the PPP-led government had agreed to grant a key opposition demand and announce the parliamentary election schedule upon completion of new electoral rolls and finalisation of the makeup of an interim set-up.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is to announce the election schedule as soon as the new voter lists are finalised which, officials say, would take another three months to complete. This would mean that elections would be held in August or September.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Mirza
    Jan 16, 2012 - 12:00PM

    This is the only right way to get the air out of the claims of all political opponents. The coalition govt should contest next elections as a coalition and let the people decide the fate of politicians. Time to prove your majority or sit in opposition.

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  • MAHER ALI
    Jan 16, 2012 - 12:16PM

    October will be too late, get it done till June, 2012..

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Jan 16, 2012 - 12:42PM

    By October, things will further slide and the people of the country will continue to suffer. There is bad governance, defiance of court orders by the current government in power. Seriously the country is suffering and hurting.Nothing seems to be functioning other than the courts and armed forces

    Let there be elections in March 2012 or at most April 2012.

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  • Jan 16, 2012 - 2:07PM

    @MAHER ALI

    Because of Summer, It is impossible to held Election in June

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  • tj
    Jan 16, 2012 - 6:45PM

    imran khan was 39 when he was captain and pakistan won cricket world cup
    imran khan is 59 now he is the captain of pti …is pti going to win election world cup..

    fortune favors the brave..

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  • HoneyBee
    Jan 16, 2012 - 10:17PM

    @MAHER ALI:
    What the hurry, are you for contesting the election . . .?

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