ECP requests SC to defer provincial LB polls until October
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday has requested the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan to postpone holding local body (LB) elections in Punjab and Sindh by at least a month. A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja held hearing of the case. The SC issued notice to Sindh Advocate General for not appearing before the court. The court said that there is no reason to file a case's delay plea. The bench said that LB polls matter is a legal and people of both the provinces are waiting for elections since 2009. The ECP said that available police and staffers are less in numbers due to floods. The commission requested the court to allow deferring of LB polls until October. Punjab Advocate General opposed the request and said that holding of elections in October would not possible due to security concerns in Ashura. Justice Khawaja remarked, if anyone could explain to him why LB polls were not held for past six years. He said that both the governments are in power since 2008. The authorities should offer their apologies to the people, if they want to, he added. Justice Dost Muhammad said that the government did not conduct any study to avoid destruction through floods. He said that if the SC permits elections in October, the government would be facing some other problem when the time comes. However, the ECP representative said that if the authorities are permitted to hold LB polls phase-wise then flood-hit areas would come last in the matter.