ECP postpones local government elections in Punjab

Published: January 4, 2014
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After a Lahore High Court order gave the Punjab government time to complete delimitations, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday announced postponement of Local Government Elections in the province, Express News reported.

Punjab local bodies polls had been scheduled for January 30, but will now be held only after authorities complete delimiting constituencies all over again, a process which could take six to eight months.

New delimitations can be carried out only after Section 10 of the Punjab Local Government Act (PLGA) 2013 has been amended as necessary.

On December 31, 2013, the Lahore High Court declared Punjab’s delimitation laws — Sections 8 and 9 — illegal. The court ordered that a new law be created and implemented to tackle the issue of delimitation.

Following the ruling, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership met in Lahore and estimated a period of several months before the relevant clauses of the PLGA 2013 were amended.

The ruling is considered by many — especially PTI — to have given the government a pretext to defer the polls and devise a strategy to delay them till 2019.

PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry said the local government elections must be held on time even if it meant using the previous delimitations.

“The PTI is willing to accept that rather than a delay in elections that should have been held five and a half years ago,” he said.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • fawad
    Jan 4, 2014 - 8:23PM

    Local government already delayed by 5 years by PMLn. I don’t trust them. If given a chance they would never devolve powers to the grassroot level.

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  • Jan 4, 2014 - 8:34PM

    Now it is clearly obvious that PMLN is controlling the ECP, and had used them during the 2013 elections.

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  • Anon
    Jan 4, 2014 - 9:31PM

    PMLN cartoons at it again… PTI needs to hurry up and complete polls in KP, then let the games begin in Punjab!

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  • tariq sarmad advocate Gujrat
    Jan 4, 2014 - 11:56PM

    No party wants lb electiins…they are playing hide and seek with courts as well as with the people.

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  • Aysha M
    Jan 5, 2014 - 4:08AM

    Very disappointing

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  • Jan 7, 2014 - 6:47AM

    well its not that disappointing because local bodies election is much tough then other election.I personaly thank to ALLAH election are delay the suitation was very critical in my village on the other side these are not good sign.they should give the new date for local bodies election atleast 7 month ago.Recommend

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