Despite SC orders, difficult to hold LB elections in September: ECP

SC had ordered that any date beyond September won't be acceptable.


Web Desk August 05, 2013
Election Commission of Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: In a session presided by the Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Ishtiaq Ahmad on Monday, it was decided that holding local bodies elections by September will not be possible, Express News reported. 

The session in Islamabad was called to discuss the possibility of holding local bodies elections by the deadline given by the Supreme Court earlier in July.

However, it was decided that since the provincial governments hadn't completed their legal formalities it would take longer for the ECP to hold the elections.

The Commission said that it would require 90 days to arrange local bodies elections after the provinces complete their legal formalities.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had earlier said on July 18 that all provincial governments must hold LB elections no later than September.

The Supreme Court bench had underlined that the LB polls are important in maintaining a contact between people and the government.

COMMENTS (11)

Usman | 7 years ago | Reply

Khurshid Shah who was assigned responsibility of appointing ECP's commissioners let the PMLN appoint 3 out of 4. The only non-PMLN commissioner has already resigned.

Xnain | 7 years ago | Reply

@Baloch Insafian: Punjab Government has concluded the debate on LG bill a few weeks ago. Your beloved PTI didn't even bother to join the parliamentary debate. Next time, try to keep up. And yes, do enlighten us about the developments in KPK and Baluchistan as well. link text

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