The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected Sindh administration’s plea to postpone local government elections in Karachi, Hyderabad, and Dadu on Friday and is considering harsh action against the PPP-led provincial government.
The ECP rejected Sindh government’s appeal to postpone local body elections owing to legal and constitutional constraints during a meeting today presided over by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja.
In a late-night move, the ruling PPP requested that polls in the Karachi division, Hyderabad, and two tehsils in the Dadu district, Khairpur Nathan and Meher, be postponed. The ECP, on the other hand, required that the elections be held on January 15, as scheduled, and issued an order to the Interior Ministry.
The panel also stated that army and ranger troops should be stationed at high-risk voting booths around the province. Furthermore, the ECP expressed outrage and pondered harsh measures in response to the Sindh government’s move to postpone the LB elections.
According to the conference, neither the federal nor provincial administrations intend to organize municipal elections. The ECP went on to say that all of the shattered pieces of the Islamabad Local Government Act landed on the commission.
It went on to say that all preparations for Sindh’s local body elections were finished two days ago, at the same time the ruling PPP announced the delay. Senior executives in attendance also reviewed the issue following the Punjab chief minister’s proposal to dissolve the provincial parliament.
Sindh has postponed the LG elections again.
Following a late-night cabinet meeting, the PPP-led province government announced the postponement of local body (LB) elections in Karachi and Hyderabad, as well as the revocation of the announcement about additional seats.
Speaking to the media in the early hours of Friday in Karachi, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon stated that the remaining districts of Sindh will hold local government elections on January 15 as scheduled.