ECP to announce LB election schedule in thee provinces on Nov 5

ECP to announce LB election schedule in thee provinces on Nov 5

ISLAMABADimages: The Election Commission of Pakistan will announce the schedule for Local Bodies (LB) elections in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan in November.

The polling in the said provinces will be held on the dates fixed by Supreme Court of Pakistan. The results will be announced after three days. The commission had decided to use magnetic ink for the local bodies polls in provinces. The election commission has directed the provision of magnetic ink pads for LB polls.

The meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan was held at ECP headquarters and was chaired by Acting CEC Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani and was attended by all the members of the commission, provincial election commissioners and officials of the commission.

Arrangements for local government polls were reviewed in the meeting. According to sources, more then Rs 10 billion would be required for the holding of LB polls.

The commission has sought Rs 6.5 billion immediately from finance ministry. The meeting of the commission for reviewing the arrangements of the elections would also continue today (Tuesday).

Important decisions regarding the LB polls will be made. The commission had ordered PCSIR to provide one million pads of magnetic ink for LB polls to allay the fears of rigging in polls.

According to ECP sources, the LB election in Sindh will be held on November 27 and the commission will announce the schedule on November 5. Nomination papers for Sindh will be received on November 5. Objections to the nomination will be submitted on November 6, while they will be scrutinized on November 7-8.

Election symbols for the LB polls in Sindh will be allotted on November 13. The results for the election will be announced on December 3.

The LB elections in Punjab and Balochistan will be held on December 7 and the ECP will announce the schedule on November 5. Nomination papers will be received by November 8-10. Objections to nominations will be received by 11-12 November, while the scrutiny phase will be held on 13-15 November.

Appeals against rejected nomination papers will be heard on 16-18 November, while nomination papers can be withdrawn by November 22. Khyber Pakhtyunkhwa and Islamabad Capital Territory have not given any date for the polls.

Meanwhile Additional Secretary Election Commission Sher Afgan while talking to newsmen after the Commission meeting which discussed the issue of holding of local bodies polls said the meeting considered the implementation of Supreme Court orders regarding local bodies elections.  He said it is the effort of the Election Commission to hold local bodies elections according to the orders of the Supreme Court.

The elections in Sindh will be held on 27th of November, while Punjab and Balochistan have agreed to conduct the elections on 7th of December. Khyber Pakhtyunkhwa and Islamabad Capital Territory have not yet given any date for the polls.

Afghan added that to kick start the process they had sought some essential documents from the provincial governments that must be provided during the meeting with chief secretaries on October 29.

The documents sought include complete laws by each province for the local body elections, along with the notified rules for conduct of elections. Afghan added that the ECP also needed the final delimitation notifications.

To a question, Sher Afgan said over five hundred million ballot papers will be required for local bodies elections.  He said number of polling stations will have to be enhanced than the numbers for general elections.

He said it sit he duty of provincial governments to carry out delimitations of local councils.
He said a meeting with other departments including that of Printing Press and Ministry of Finance will be held tomorrow to discuss printing of ballot papers, funds issue and other matters

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