LAHORE -  PTI will reconcile its official stance on early elections after taking a different position in the meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) by agreeing with the majority view about holding of next elections on their scheduled time.

In order to balance this inconsistency in its stance on early polls, the PTI intends to suggest a proviso in the proposed legislation on new delimitations.

Khan’s party is facing criticism after the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister accepted the viewpoint of other chief ministers on holding of elections at their scheduled time.

This was in contradiction to PTI’s official stance that elections should be held by April next year instead of August 2018.

When contacted, PTI’s spokesperson Fawad Ch said that the KP Chief Minister had to agree with the majority view in the CCI meeting out of local compulsions specific to his province which will be getting five additional seats of National Assembly as a result of the new legislation.

“But the PTI has decided to suggest a proviso in the draft legislation on demarcation of constituencies to reconcile its official stance with the one taken in the CCI meeting,” he said.

Fawad further stated that the proposed proviso will make it binding on the government to hold elections under Article 224 of the Constitution if the government collapsed before completion of its tenure and the process of delimitations was still underway.

In this scenario, he said, holding of elections will become inevitable within 90 days of the dissolution of assemblies.

Asked to explain his point, the PTI spokesperson said that his party was of the firm belief that present government will not be able to complete its mandated tenure.

“Majority of the PML-N lawmakers have already stopped attending the National Assembly session. A time will come in the near future that Prime Minister Abbasi will be asked to seek vote of confidence from the assembly. He will not be able to get a fresh mandate from the House as majority of the members would either opt not to come to the assembly on that particular day or would not be voting for him,” he said, painting a picture of the likely scenario his party believes is sure to come any time soon.

Staff Reporter from Peshawar adds: After getting no support from any political party, PTI’s demand of holding early elections failed to impress the participants of the CCI, when the matter was raised at the high-level forum, which met with PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair on Monday.

At the CCI meeting, the KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak reportedly proposed holding of early elections, but it was rejected by all the other chief ministers as well as the prime minister.

Following which, all participants including the KP CM agreed on holding the elections on time, quashing the ongoing rumours about the possibility of early elections to a great extent.

It is yet to be determined that whether the PTI has changed its stance on snap elections or the KP chief minister just decided to agree with the holding of general elections on time in the CCI meeting to avoid any deadlock for the time being.

The PTI, which has been ruling the KP since 2013, has been demanding snap elections since September this year.

No political party has supported the PTI’s demand of snap elections.

All the other political parties want polls following the completion of the tenure of the incumbent rulers.

However, some political pundits say that Imran Khan by demanding snap elections just wishes to keep the ruling PML-N under pressure.

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Monday that the PTI was isolated politically in its demand for early elections, saying those talking about early elections were living in a fool’s paradise.

The government has time and again reiterated that polls would not be delayed and would be held on time but the PTI too has stick to its stance. 

The PTI leadership says early elections are called when a ruler’s mandate becomes questionable, while the ruling PML-N, PPP and even small parties disagree with the notion and say that the incumbent government must complete its tenure.

Meanwhile, in his recent statement, PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reiterated that the government will complete its tenure and elections will be held on time.

On the other hand, in support of his demand, the PTI chief quotes the examples from different countries, saying Theresa May of UK and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey called elections in their respective countries as the process strengthens democracy.

However, not only the ruling party but even those sitting in opposition have not been impressed by the demand for early elections.