Saturday January 14, 2023

ECP Again Rejects Sindh Govt Plea, Pledges LG polls on Time

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday rejected a letter of the Sindh government seeking postponment of second phase of the local government elections in the province and ordered to conduct the polls on Jan 15.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja chaired an emergency meeting held to discuss the provincial government’s request and decided that there would be no change in the schedule. The Sindh government had again asked the ECP to postpone the local body elections in Karachi division and Hyderabad district, citing delimitation issue and unavailability of army troops for deployment at the polling stations.

In the fresh letter to the provincial election commissioner, the Sindh government stated the ECP, through its Jan 13 order, rejected withdrawal of notification regarding the number of union committees in the Karachi division and Hyderabad district.

On the other hand, in response to stationing of the army and Rangers outside polling stations in Karachi, Hyderabad and Thattha, the GHQ has excused itself from sparing soldiers for the static stationing. According to the Interior Ministry, the matter of the army and Rangers deployment was brought up with the GHQ which responded that such a huge number of static deployments were not feasible and that the first-level static deployment was the province s responsibility.

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