A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking stay of local government (LG) polls in federal capital scheduled for July 27.
The petition has been filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Zafar Ali Shah, who has made the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the interior ministry and the law ministry as respondents.
The petitioner has contended that the ECP has issued schedule for the polls without any legality as parliament has not approved a bill pertaining to local government in Islamabad.
The petitioner argued that LG polls were held in Balochistan, Khyber-Kakhtunkhwa and cantonment boards on a party basis which was not correct. The apex court should stay holding of LG polls in Islamabad until the parliament passes the legislation, he said.
The petitioner said that the polls in Islamabad should be conducted along with LG elections in Punjab and Sindh in September.
The petitioner contended that if a legal issue arose after the polls were held, who will protect it and the matter needed explanation.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2015.