Sched­ule for Is­lam­abad LG polls an­nounced

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

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.

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