Sindh

SC stays mayor, deputy mayor polls in Sindh

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench on Wednesday issued stay order over the elections of mayor and deputy mayor polls in Sindh over a petition of Sindh government.

The government had in a petition in the apex court sought cancellation of the Sindh High Court’s order against amendment in the local government law.

Sindh government had amended the law replacing the secret ballot with a show of hands for electing mayors, deputy mayors and other local government representatives in the province.

The opposition parties MQM, PML-F and others had approached the SHC pleading to set aside the amendment made by Sindh government because it is in violation of Article 266 of the constitution which allows secret ballot for electing mayors, deputy mayors and other local government representatives.

The high court had granted the opposition plea and declared the amendment in the local government law as null and void.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed after hearing the arguements of the sides issued a stay order over the matter.

The bench also ordered postponement of the elections of mayors and deputy mayors in Sindh till the court decision. The elections were scheduled to be held on February 20.

The bench was of the view that it could not decide the matter without perusal of the high court decision and the arguments of the lawyers.

The court adjourned the hearing till March 03.

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