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Government and ECP filed a complaint against the IHC’s decision to hold LG elections in Islamabad

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) received an intra-court appeal on Saturday from the federal government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) challenging the ruling of the court’s single-member bench ordering the capital city to hold local elections on December 31.

The leaders of Jamat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are now parties to the case, according to the top electoral body. The IHC registrar’s office, on the other hand, objected to the ECP appeal, stating that pertinent documents must be included with it.

The petition was resubmitted by the ECP attorney after the registrar’s office’s objections were addressed.

The IHC ordered the ECP to hold the LG election on Friday according to plan. The order was made by Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir in response to a petition filed by the PTI and JI challenging the election body’s decision to “temporarily” postpone the elections in light of the government’s decision to increase the number of union councils (UCs). After the results were announced, the ECP called an emergency meeting on Friday night after learning that over 14,000 of the poll workers were teachers and employees of other departments who were on winter break, making it difficult to conduct the election.

Despite respecting the court’s decision, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah stated on Friday that it would be four months before local government elections could be held. Speaking to the media, Mr. Sanaullah asserted that threats had already been made against Islamabad as a result of a suicide bombing that occurred nearby the I-10 a few days earlier.

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In reference to the LG polling arrangements, he claimed that it was impossible to set up 1,000 polling locations immediately. The general election, which he predicted would take place in October, would not happen for at least 10 months.



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