Government And ECP Contest IHC’s Ruling To Conduct LG Elections In The Capital Today

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On Saturday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the federal government filed an appeal to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the court’s orders to conduct local government elections in the nation’s capital today (December 31).

At a recent intra-court appeal filed in the high court, the electoral authority had asked for a speedy hearing. On the other hand, the IHC registrar’s office has objected to the appeal, citing a lack of supporting paperwork.

Eventually, the ECP’s legal staff were able to have the objections taken care of.

A parallel intra-court appeal was filed by the federal government challenging the IHC’s ruling.

On Friday, the ECP’s decision to postpone the LG elections was challenged by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and the IHC agreed with them and ordered the elections to proceed as planned.

After a change in the union councils of the federal capital area, the ECP postponed the local government elections originally scheduled for December 31.

However, the high court requested that the federal government “help the electoral commission in conducting the local government polls” in a brief ruling that spanned just one page.

The judgement also said that “the Ministry of Interior’s notice on December 19 has been declared null and invalid and the notification of the electoral commission on December 27 is also declared null and void.”

Because the federal government had expanded the number of union councils (UCs) in the nation’s capital without informing the electoral commission, voting had to be postponed. The court had previously reserved judgement after expressing concern with the federal government’s stance.

The court said, “We are unhappy with the government’s [lack of involvement].

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