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ECP urged to clarify LG election date

03 January, 2014

KARACHI: Sind Senior Education Minister Nisar Ahmad Khuhro, has urged Election Commission of Pakistan to end confusion about LG polls on January 18, and issue a new election schedule if current one is not valid after Sindh High Court verdict.

Talking to media at his office on Thursday, the senior minister said that provincial government was ready to hold LG polls on January 18, but the court verdict regarding delimitations had created confusion.

He asked how elections could be conducted on 2001 constituencies when Provincial Assembly had abolished the LG Law 2001. "The court verdict to hold elections on the basis of 2001 constituencies has complicated the matter," he added.

Khuhro said that Sindh government would appeal Supreme Court against the high court verdict.

JUI-F demands clarity on LG polls in Sindh: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has demanded of the government and ECP to remove reservations of political parties regarding LG elections in the province.

JUI-F Sindh secretary general Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro and other leaders in a joint statement on Thursday said the issue of local government polls has become a joke in Sindh. They said due to changing schedules and requirements, candidates were perplexed. They said political parties have severe reservations on the uncertainty being created by the ruling quarters. The leaders of the religious party alleged that the ruling parties do not want to hold local government polls and were creating delays in this regard.

The JUI-F demanded of the government to hold a meeting of all political parties and give the people of Sindh a consensus local government system. It asked the election commission of Pakistan to assure people that the local government polls would be held on the prescribed schedule.

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