The Supreme Court today disposed of a different application registered by the Election Commission of Pakistan, allowing it to announce a fresh schedule for the local govt elections.
Earlier today, in an application to the apex court, ECP Additional Secretary Sher Afghan had advised to the court that 18 January 2014 and January 30 be set respectively for Sindh and Punjab local body elections. He suggested that any date in February could be fixed for elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and cantonment boards, whereas the date of December 7 should remain unrevised.
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry later took up the petition for hearing and approved ECP’s request for delay in local bodies elections. The court allowed the ECP to announce a plan for the election according to its suggestion. After which, the ECP is now likely to officially announce a fresh schedule for all 4 provinces.