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Announce schedule of LG polls in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sindh High Court orders ECP


A woman casts her vote at a polling station during the NA-75 Sialkot-IV Daska by-election on April 10, 2021. — APP
A woman casts her vote at a polling station during the NA-75 Sialkot-IV Daska by-election on April 10, 2021. — APP

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce a date for the local body elections in the port city.

The court heard the petitions filed by PTI and JI against the deferment of local body polls in Karachi.

During the hearing, the court also asked that the provincial government provide security to the Election Commission of Pakistan.  

The local government elections have been delayed multiple times since July after the Sindh government repeatedly refrained from providing security for the elections due to floods.

The elections were initially scheduled for July 24, but they were delayed due to “bad weather and rains”. Then, polling was set to take place on August 28 and October 24, but the provincial government refused to provide security.

In its latest move to delay the polling further, the provincial cabinet had earlier this month approved delaying local government elections in Karachi Division for another 90 days under Sindh Local Government Act, 2013.

The ECP had also three days back reserved its ruling on the case of repeated postponement of local bodies elections in Karachi, while it is unclear when will the decision be announced. 



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