SC directs ECP to hold local govt polls in Punjab, Sindh on Sept 20

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold local government elections in Punjab and Sindh on September 20 this year.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja has issued the directives in a case pertaining to the holding of local government elections.

During case proceedings, the ECP presented written schedule of local government elections. Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked that the election commission is a sovereign institution and this right has been granted by the Constitution of Pakistan. In its judgment, the apex court ordered the election commission to hold local government elections in Punjab, Sindh on September 20 and Islamabad on July 25 this year.The court has also directed the ECP to ensure holding of local government elections on prescribed dates.

Later the court adjourned the hearing for an indefinite period.


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