Schedule for Islamabad LG polls announced
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced the schedule for the first- ever party-based local government elections in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), according to which the polling will take place on November 30.
According to the ECP, the election candidates may submit their nomination papers between October 24 and October 27, while scrutiny of the papers will take place between October 31 and November 4. The candidates will have until November 10 to withdraw their nomination papers and on November 11, the final list of candidates will be published. Elections results will be announced by the ECP on December 3.
The election schedule comes a day after the Supreme Court had directed the ECP to issue a schedule for local government polls in Islamabad by Friday. The ECP assured the Supreme Court on Thursday that the schedule for holding local government polls in Islamabad will be announced on Friday.
ECP Additional Director General (Law) Mohammad Arshad assured the court that the schedule will be announced on Friday after Additional Attorney General (AAG) Aamir Rehman told a threejudge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja that the rules under which the polls were to be held had been drawn up.
The bench had taken up an ECP application seeking directions for the federal government to expedite the passage of the bill and frame the rules enabling the commission to hold local government elections in ICT.
But on Aug 4, President Mamnoon Hussain gave his assent to the Federal Capital Territory Local Government Bill, which the National Assembly had passed along with the amendments proposed by the Senate suggesting party-based elections for the local government in ICT on July 29.
The last local government elections in Islamabad were held in 1992 under the Federal Capital Local Government Ordinance 1979, but those were limited to 12 rural union councils in the peripheries of Islamabad.
When the case was taken up on Thursday, the AAG told the court that the process of framing of the rules had been completed and the same had also been notified. He also submitted copies of the notification under which the local bodies elections were to be held. The chief justice then adjourned further proceedings for 40 days, when the delimitation of wards in Islamabad would have been completed.