Pakistan

SC orders LG polls in Punjab, Sindh in four months

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold local government (LG) elections in Punjab and Sindh in first week of September, ARY News reported.

The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawja comprising Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Maqbool Baqar resumed hearing of two different petitions regarding holding of LB elections in the three provinces, Islamabad Capital Territory and cantonment board areas.

The ECP had given date of November 16 for LG elections, however the court asked the election commission to reduce time-frame and the court finally ordered LG polls in first week of September in Sindh and Punjab.

Justice Khawja observed that no LB elections had been held in cantonment areas for 17 years and the sole option left with the court was to issue a contempt of court notice to the prime minister.

He said the election commission did not fulfill its constitutional obligation by not updating electoral lists.

On the other hand, Attorney General proposed May 16 as date for elections of cantonment board.

Earlier, the court had expressed dissatisfaction over election schedule, presented by the government, for LG polls in Cantonment Board areas.

The Supreme Court had ordered the schedule for local, federal, provincial and cantonment board elections from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and announced the deadline of 8pm today [Wednesday].

 

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