Punjab to hold LG polls on Dec 14, Sindh on Nov 27
24 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) was informed on Monday that the Punjab government would hold local government (LG) elections on December 14 and the Sindh government on November 27.
Punjab Advocate General Mustafa Ramday told a two-member bench of the SC, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, the Punjab government had confirmed to the Election Commission of Pakistan that it would hold LG polls on December 14.
The Sindh government representative, Muhammad Qasim, said the Sindh government would hold LG elections by November 27.
On the other hand, the Election Commission of Pakistan informed the court that the commission has initiated paperwork but needs 60 days for holding elections after the governments make up their mind.
The court asked the representatives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to submit (today) Tuesday a written commitment about local body elections date.
Meanwhile, the federal government failed to fulfil its commitment to hold LG elections in all the 43 cantonment boards of the country by September 15.
During the hearing, Attorney General of Pakistan Munir A Malik made another commitment of holding these polls in the end of November, and requested the court to further extend the deadline.
Expressing disappointment over the government's attitude, the court said the federal government's statement was "breach of the undertaking" it had given to the court for holding LG elections on September 15.
The court made it clear that it was exercising restraint but would duly record the statement of government and could take any action under law, if need be.
Former Quetta cantonment board vice president Advocate Raja Rab Nawaz had filed a petition in 2009, and said LG elections had not been held in several cantonment boards for the last 14 years.
Earlier on January 3, the Supreme Court had set May 5 deadline with regard to LG elections in elected cantonment boards.
Munir A Malik stated that the government was contemplating some amendments to the Cantonments Local Government (Elections) Ordinance 2002 by incorporating qualifications and disqualifications for councillors of cantonment boards.
He also stated that meetings were also held between the ECP and Ministry of Defence on July 4 and July 13 after which a draft law was prepared and sent to the cabinet for its consideration.
The law envisaged a 25-member board half of which will be elected directly through LG polls whereas the rest of members will be nominated by the station house commander, usually a serving brigadier, who also acts as president of the board.