EC ap­proves sched­ule for 1st phase of LB polls in Punjab, Sindh

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) an­nounced on Wed­nes­day to hold the first phase of long-de­layed lo­cal gov­ern­ment (LG) polls in Sindh and Punjab on Oc­to­ber 31.

An­nounc­ing the sched­ule for the LG polls, ECP said that in the first phase elec­tions will be held in 13 dis­tricts of Punjab, in­clud­ing La­hore, Faisal­abad, Gu­jrat, Lodhran, Vehari, Okara, Pak­pat­tan, Bah­wal­na­gar, Bhakkar, Ka­sur, Nankana Sahib, and Chak­wal. While in Sindh, polls will be held in Khairpur, Sukkur, Ghotki, Larkana, Shikarpur, Qam­ber Shah­dad­kot, Ja­cob­a­bad and Kash­more.

Ac­cord­ing to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion, a public no­tice will be is­sued by Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cers on Septem­ber 1 while can­di­dates can file nom­i­na­tion pa­pers with ROs till Septem­ber 11. Ear­lier on Tues­day, ECP fi­nalised ROs who would be su­per­vis­ing the LG polls process in Punjab and Sindh. The poll su­per­vi­sory body de­clined the re­quests of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments for re­place­ment of some of the ROs, an of­fi­cial hand­out is­sued by the ECP media cell said. "The elec­tion com­mis­sion has de­clined the re­quests of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment/pro­vin­cial elec­tion com­mis­sion­ers (PECs) Punjab and Sindh for re­place­ments of dis­trict re­turn­ing of­fi­cers (DROs), re­turn­ing of­fi­cers (ROs) and as­sis­tant re­turn­ing of­fi­cers (AROs) and di­rected that pro­posal for any change if so re­quired in the public in­ter­est may be sent to this com­mis­sion for ap­proval with full jus­ti­fi­ca­tion and co­gent rea­sons."

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