Elections 2024: Finance Division releases Rs17.4bn to ECP
ISLAMABAD: The Finance Division yesterday said it has released Rs17.4 billion to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the upcoming general elections slated to be held on February 8, 2024.
The amount was in addition to the Rs10bn released in July 2023, the Finance Ministry said, highlighting that the latest disbursement brought the total funds released for polls to Rs27.4bn.
“The Finance Division remains committed to provision of funds as and when required by the Election Commission of Pakistan,” it added.
The development comes a day after the electoral body raised alarm over the delay in the release of the urgently needed amount for the conduct of polls.
They said the Finance Ministry was repeatedly approached and a written reminder was also sent for an immediate release of funds. However, there was no positive response, compelling the ECP to summon the finance secretary.
Subsequently, the finance secretary had assured the poll watchdog that the funds required by the ECP urgently would be released in a day or two.
In a post X (formerly Twitter), caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi had also ruled out any crisis in meeting the ECP’s financial needs.
Last week, the electoral watchdog had rejected what it said were “baseless and misleading” reports about a delay in the upcoming general elections.
Published in The Daily National Courier, December, 06 2023