SC Rejects Schedule of Local Govt Election in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday the schedule of local government elections in Islamabad, while ordering the Election Commission of Pakistan to issue a new schedule for the local bodies polls.
The elections were previously scheduled for July 25. However, due to the absence of a relevant law, the court has rejected the schedule. Moreover, the hearing of the case is adjourned until August 3.
On Tuesday, an amendment bill was submitted in the Senate, seeking constitutional cover for the implementation of the local government system in Islamabad and other parts of the country.
“Due to lack of constitutional cover for the local government and non-availability of the system, some provinces, federal capital and cantonment areas have been deprived of LG elections,” said Independent Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari, who submitted the bill.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja directed the government attorney to inform the court on Tuesday on the status of the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Bill 2015 bill pending in the Senate.
The bench expressed doubts over holding of local government elections as per schedule and directed the additional attorney-general to present the government’s point of view on the status of the bill pending before the Senate.
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