ISLAMABAD : The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday rejected a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) against the Election Commission of Pakistanâ€™s move to postpone the local government elections in the federal capital.
A two-member bench, headed by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, declared the petition ineffective after hearing arguments from the ECP and the PTI lawyers.
During the hearing, the ECP officials said the LG polls, which were scheduled to be held on Dec 31, had been delayed owing to the governmentâ€™s decision to increase the number of union councils in the capital city.
Justice Kiyani remarked that the ECP was not interested in holding the polls in Islamabad, adding that whether the government was â€œsleepingâ€ before the issuance of the schedule. Neither the current government nor the previous government was interested in LG polls, he said. The court commented that an affidavit was submitted in the Supreme Court for holding the elections and now the government was showing reluctance. â€œThis act falls under the ambit of contempt of court.â€
The PTI lawyer told the bench that three chairmen and 50 members were elected without elections in the capital city. Justice Kiyani remarked: â€œWhy shouldnâ€™t we suspend the power of administrators?â€. He remarked that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had no authority to use the funds of the local government.
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