The National Democratic Institute (NDI), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization in the United States that collaborates with partners in developing nations to improve the efficacy of democratic institutions, recently released a list of significant elections around the globe.
Twenty-four elections are anticipated worldwide, in places like Asia, Africa, Latin America, and more, according to the list. Elections are set for October 2023 in Pakistan, February 2023 in Nigeria, June 2023 in Turkey, October 2023 in Ukraine, and December 2023 in Bangladesh.
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According to political analysts throughout the world who are keeping tabs on the political turmoil in Pakistan, the impending general elections in October may not take place because of the political unrest and ensuing uncertainty.
This is due to the fact that the KP and Punjab Assembly’s upcoming provincial elections have not yet been held. Punjab’s 17th Provincial Assembly was dissolved on January 14, 2023, and the province is to hold elections for a new legislature no later than April 14, 2023, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s 11th Provincial Assembly was dissolved on January 18, 2023, and the province is to hold elections for a new legislature before April 16, 2023.
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Additionally, there are still unscheduled by-elections pending for a number of National Assembly seats that were left vacant after PTI MNAs resigned from their seats following Khan’s ouster in April 2022.
Analysts have noted significant partisanship, particularly in relation to the Election Commission of Pakistan, as the by-elections get underway in March. As a result, there is considerable doubt regarding the legitimacy of the results of the upcoming general elections and whether they will even be held at all.