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ECP to approach Supreme Court to defer LB Polls in Sindh, Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) considering to approach the Supreme Court to defer the local bodies elections in Sindh and Punjab provinces, ARY News reported on Friday.

According to election commission sources, the election body could seek the Supreme Court decision to defer the local councils elections in the two provinces due to floods.

The ECP had earlier prepared a plan to hold the polls in the two provinces in phases, but the Supreme Court had rejected the plan and directed the commission to conduct the elections on Sept 20.

A meeting of the ECP has been summoned on July 27 to review the arrangements made by the provincial governments for holding the elections.

According to ECP, schedule is needed to be delayed in light of prevailing flood situations in different parts of Punjab and Sindh and other concerned issues.

The Sindh government has written a letter to the ECP, requesting it to hold LB polls in the province in three phases and the Punjab government also wants staggered elections.

The provincial governments are of the view that staggered elections will lead to better arrangement of the polls and avoiding mismanagement witnessed in the LG polls in KP.

The ECP had earlier prepared a plan to hold the polls in the two provinces in phases, but the Supreme Court had rejected the plan and directed the commission to conduct the elections on a single day (Sept 20).

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