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LHC declares LB delimitations in Punjab as illegal

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared the delimitations in Punjab for the Local Body (LB) elections as illegal, while it has also declared the clauses 8 and 9 of the Local Government Act as null and void – ARY News reports.

According to details, a 3-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the petitions against the LB delimitations on Tuesday.

The petitioners stated before the court that the delimitations were made with the assistance of officials of district administration, which were aimed at benefitting the ruling party in the province.

At this, the court remarked that new constituencies were formed only within 11 days, which is a surprising fact. It is not a Red Cliff Award that determines the boundaries of 2 states with the help of a pen.

The counsel of the Punjab Government returned that a 2-member bench had earlier declared the formation of delimitations as the constitutional right of the provincial government. He requested the LHC to reject these petitions.

The court after the completion of arguments declared the delimitations in Punjab for the Local Body (LB) elections as illegal and clauses 8 and 9 of the Local Government Act as null and void.

The court further directed the provincial government to amend the law and insure the conduct of polls within the due time frame given by the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan, mentioning that a delay in LB elections shall not be tolerated.

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