According to the ECP, if both the general and by-elections are not held on the same day, the total cost will surpass Rs55 billion.
According to reliable sources, the total cost of holding general elections in phases will be more than Rs55 billion. The election commission agreed to send a second letter to the federal government addressing the costs of the general election.
Prior to the calculation of election costs, the ECP sent a letter to the Centre regarding Rs47 billion in expenses for the same day’s general elections.
The Election Commission received Rs5 billion from the Central Government to help with election preparations.
After making necessary adjustments, the commission would submit its request for funding to the federal government, which is expected to be in excess of Rs55 billion.
According to reports, the cost of coordinating the general and by-elections in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) may rise to the tune of Rs8 to Rs10 billion.
It is the commission’s intention to lobby the federal government for an early release of funding in order to conduct general and by-elections.
The ECP also demonstrated its willingness to hold the elections at whatever time the federal government requested.