ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has agreed to hold local government elections in Punjab and Sindh by September 2015.
The ECP has taken decision after being questioned by Supreme Court (SC) over the delay in holding local government polls.
The election commission Secretary Syed Sher Afgan presented a schedule of holding LG polls before the SC in which it was suggested that polls will be held in three stages and whole process will end till March 26, 2016.
But, SC rejected the proposed schedule and asked the ECP to hold the polling four months before its given schedule, as a lot of time has already been wasted by the election commission. After extensive debate in the court, ECP agreed to revise its proposed schedule and hold the polls as per the directive of apex court.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Butt submitted before the court that local government elections in all the cantonments of the country will be held on May 16, 2015.
LG polls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be held on June 7, 2015, and ECP has notified the court in this regard. Hearing of the case was then adjourned till Thursday.
Earlier, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the schedule for local federal, provincial and cantonment board elections from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and announced the deadline of 8pm Wednesday.
The court also added that if satisfied with the schedule, the next hearing will take place tomorrow. It warned that if was not satisfied, the court would call a hearing after 8pm.
The ECP’s Attorney General and Secretary Syed Sher Afgan are currently carrying out consultations on this matter.