THE five-member Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is finally complete after a painful and protracted process of consultation between the government and the opposition to fill three vacancies including that of the chief election commissioner. The two provincial vacancies had remained unfilled for a full year because the prime minister and the opposition could not agree on the names of the members. These newly inducted members, along with two others to be inducted next year, will, in all probability, be responsible for the holding of the next general election scheduled for 2023. Before that, the commission would also be required to hold local government elections in the four provinces, Islamabad Capital Territory and the cantonments.
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