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KP agreed upon holding LB elections in March: ECP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has told that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has agreed to hold Local Body (LB) elections in the end of March, whereas concerned officials has asked for more time to hold LB polls in cantonment boards and the federal capital – ARY News reports.

According to details, acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Nasir ul Mulk presided the meeting of the ECP on Wednesday.

After the meeting, Additional Secretary ECP Sher Afgan told that the KP Government is advised by the ECP to consult the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan for holding the LB elections in the end of March, rather than February 28.

He added that process of LB elections will be kicked off in KP after an order by the SC and the schedule for LB polls in the province will be announced in the mid of February, whilst the arrangements will be made in the end of March.

Speaking about LB elections in cantonment boards and the federal capital, the Additional Secretary told that the concerned authorities have been directed by the ECP to complete legislation in this regard.

Whereas, the matter of a bio-metric voting system was postponed till the next meeting of the ECP, he added.

Sher Afgan told that 50,000 biometric machines will be purchased for elections in KP, which will cost 1.5 billion rupees.

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