IHC postpones LG elections in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) postponed Local Government (LG)’s elections in Islamabad and directed Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to issue a revised schedule for polls within 65 days after finalising delimitations. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued ruling while hearing petitions filed by PTI and PML-N.

On June 2, ECP issued a schedule for holding LG elections in 50 union councils of capital on July 31. Later, political parties moved IHC seeking orders to stop holding of LG elections in capital without increasing number of union councils. At outset of today’s hearing, Justice Minallah asked, “In how many days will election be held? officials of ECP told court that elections could be held in 60 to 60 days. At this, judge ordered that ECP not to shift votes from one ward to another ward during new delimitations and adjourned hearing. Talking to journalists following judgment, PML-N leader Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary appreciated verdict and termed it a timely decision for dwellers of Islamabad.