ECP reserves judgement on holding LG polls in Sindh

Warns provincial govt LG polls on old demarcation if it fails to bring new law

By: News Desk      Published: 11:24 AM, 10 Nov, 2021
ECP reserves judgement on holding LG polls in Sindh
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The Election Commission of Pakistan has reserved its judgement on holding the local government polls in Sindh while the provincial government has pleaded for more time to bring new law, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A two-member bench of the Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday conducted a hearing on the local government elections in Sindh

Jamaat-i-Islami leader Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman also attended the hearing. 

During the hearing, the Sindh government sought more time from the commission for bringing new law. 

The ECP remarked that if the provincial government failed to introduce new law, the commission would hold the LG elections on the basis of old demarcation. 

The Sindh government had already sought one month time from the election commission before.

The ECP bench asked the provincial government what it had done in a month. Then it remarked: “Why not the commission issues a contempt notice to the government for not complying with its order.” 

The commission said that earlier the Sindh government had cited the problem of publication of population census results. But the results have already been published almost 6 months ago, why the provincial government is not holding LG polls, it added.

JI leader Rehman said that the Sindh government was not serious in holding the local government polls. He pleaded the commission to bind the provincial government and also demand a timeline from it. 

The commission said that it had summoned the Sindh chief secretary but he didn’t appear before the ECP.

The commission reserved its verdict on the LG polls in the province. 

Reporter Usman Khan