ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali on Tuesday finally announced that elections to the provincial assembly would be held on May 28.
The governor announced the date while speaking to media here after a meeting with President Arif Alvi at the Aiwan-i-Sadr.
The governor expressed the hope that the elections would be held in a peaceful environment “although police were targeted in Laki Marwat and Charsadda.” He said he had fulfilled his constitutional obligation despite the fact that tribal people were protesting against the worsening law and order situation.
The governor said he had to work very hard to bring all factions to the negotiation table and evolve a consensus on the date to hold the general election. He, however, sounded pessimistic that the election would be held accoring to the schedule.
“I think, I would have to meet the president soon, again,” he continued.
Earlier, President Dr Arif Alvi “advised” Governor Haji Ghulam Ali to “forthwith” announce the date for general elections to the provincial assembly to “avoid any complication”.
According to a press release issued by the President’s Secretariat, Mr Ali called on President Alvi at the Aiwan-i-Sadr and discussed matters related to holding of general elections.
“The president advised the KP governor to implement the Supreme Court’s order in letter and spirit wherein it had been directed that the governor, after consultation with the Election Commission of Pakistan, forthwith announce a date for the general election to the provincial assembly to avoid any complication as almost a period of two weeks had already passed,” the press release continued.