KARACHI: The Sindh High Court Friday morning directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce a new schedule for the local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad.
Announcing the decision â€” which the SHC reserved on November 14 â€” on the petitions of JI and PTI against the delay in the local body polls, the high court also told the Sindh government to provide security for the elections.
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.
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