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Pakistan People's Party holds talks with political parties for conducting early general elections

Islamabad, Sun, 08 Jan 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Jan 8(ANI): Pakistan's People's Party has reportedly opened discussions with all political parties to hold early elections.


Senior officials, who have been attending party meetings over the past few days, said the PPP is ready to conduct talks with major parties for reaching an agreement on early elections.


A senior PPP leader told the Dawn the party is working on a possible trade-off among all parties to forge an agreement for holding early general election.


He said the Pakistan Muslim League-N, Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaf and Jamaat-i-Islami are looking forward to holding elections as soon as possible.


The Awami National Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, however, want the PPP-led government to complete its five-year constitutional term, which ends in March next year, he added.


He said the elections could be held in September or October after all political parties reach a consensus.


The PPP and its coalition partners have agreed to hold Senate elections in mid-February.


According to the Pakistan's Constitution, Senate elections can be held between February 11 and March 11, and the newly-elected senators can take oath on March 12.


A PML- N member Khurram Dastagir said that an early election is the only solution to address the current crisis.


A member of PTI's central executive committee, Umar Cheema, said that his party is in favour of early elections, but only after correction in voters' list.


He said the Pakistan Election Commission has admitted that it had detected 35 million bogus votes from the 2008 voter list.


"The PTI not only wants correction in the list but also entry of new voters before the next elections," Cheema said. (ANI)


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