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ECP issues election schedule for Punjab

10 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Monday approved and issued the much-awaited local government election schedule for Punjab, according to which polling would be held on January 30, 2014.

According to the official notification issued by the ECP, returning officers will issue notices for inviting nomination papers on December 12. They would receive the nomination papers from December 22 to December 27. They would make public the notice of the entire nomination papers they received during the fixed dates on December 28.

Objections on nomination papers filed by the candidates would be received on December 29. The returning officers would scrutinise the nomination papers from December 30 and issue the final list of candidates whose nomination papers are found valid by January 4. Appeals against acceptance and rejection of the nomination papers could be filed between January 6 and 7 at the returning officers' offices.

The returning officers would decide the appeals filed against acceptance and rejection of nomination papers between January 8 and 11. The candidates would be allowed to withdraw their nomination papers on January 12.

Capital Territory LG Bill 2013 moved to NA

The government on Monday moved the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Bill 2013 to the National Assembly to make the capital city a Metropolitan Corporation. Moved by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan the bill was referred to the standing committee concerned for bringing it back to the House for approval.

This bill will empower the federal government to specify the local area within ICT as union councils, and invite public objections and suggestions to alter limits of a local area and declare that any area shall cease to be a union council.

The government may also, by a notification, divide a local government into two or more local governments or alter the limits of a local government. A union council shall consist of one or more revenue estates or, in the case of an area where revision of settlement under the law has not taken place, one or more census villages or, in the case of an urban area, a census block or blocks as delimited for purposes of the last preceding census or a census block.

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