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