Local body elections: SC to hear case on 'grassroots democracy'

Published: July 2, 2012
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Bench clubs Daniyal Aziz's petition with other identical petitions, will hear them in next week.  PHOTO: FILE

Bench clubs Daniyal Aziz's petition with other identical petitions, will hear them in next week. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday removed objections placed by the Registrar Office over a plea seeking directives for holding of local body polls across the country.   

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a civil miscellaneous appeal moved by Daniyal Aziz, former chairman of the National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB), against order of the Registrar office. The bench removed objections, paving way for an initial hearing of the main constitutional petition to be heard in the coming weeks.

The chief justice told Farhat Nawaz Lodhi, counsel for Aziz, that they would be clubbing it with other identical petitions and would take them up in the upcoming week.

The appeal was moved against an order of the Registrar Office dated May 29, raising objections and not entertaining the constitutional petition earlier filed by the petitioner under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.

The Registrar Office had stated that none of the fundamental rights of the petitioner were violated (by not holding local government elections) and that he might approach the proper forum for redressal of his grievances.

Aziz has pleaded the court to issue directives for holding local government elections in the four provinces, under Article 140-A of the Constitution, 1973, besides implementing the Police Order, 2002.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Jul 2, 2012 - 9:11PM

    It is the fundamental right of people under a democracy to have SELF-GOVERNMENT for them. CMs of all provinces are violating that right. SC should restore that right to the people.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jul 2, 2012 - 10:46PM

    Local bodies are the first step contact between the government and the people, then comes provincial governments and at the end federal government.

    In fact, by NOT holding local bodies elections, the basic rights of the people have been snatched by the provincial governments.

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  • jibran
    Jul 3, 2012 - 12:02AM

    We really need a separate constitutional court. There has been absolutely no relief to the common people through the current judiciary. Usually cases should be based on first come first served basis. But here we have some favorites getting relief immediately, and common people like me are made to think like we are fools only to be exploited by this chief justice to fight his and his corrupt son’s battles.

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  • Logic Europe
    Jul 3, 2012 - 12:47AM

    Basic rights of child and bonded labourers , of girl child marriages ,,of life in karachi,, of pilice gardi in punjab!! What about that ? Supreme court just messing about in political issues

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  • Jul 3, 2012 - 4:04AM

    Now THIS is the kind of issue where the Supreme Court needs to come down hard on provincial and federal authorities. The legal and constitutional, but unfinished, devolution agenda must be forced through or self-serving politicians will happily sit on it forever.

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