ECP re­quests SC to de­fer pro­vin­cial LB polls un­til Oc­to­ber

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

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.

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