Pakistan EC announced schedule of local polls

Islamabad, PTI | Updated : 04 March 2015, 11:59 PM

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today agreed to hold the local government elections in Punjab and Sindh by September and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in June after being questioned by Supreme Court over the delay in polls in the three provinces.

The ECP Secretary Syed Sher Afgan had submitted before the SC a schedule, which suggested that polls will be held in three stages with the third stage ending on March 26, 2016.

However, SC rejected the proposed schedule and asked the Election Commission to hold the polling four months before its given schedule, saying a lot of time has already been wasted.

After extensive debate in the court, EC agreed to revise its proposed schedule and hold the polls as per the directive of apex court.

The Attorney General Salman Butt also on part of government told the court that elections in the cantonments will be held on May 16, 2015.

The court earlier in the day asked the ECP to issue schedules for local governments elections in three provinces by 8pm.

First Published: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 11:57 PM
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