IHC dismisses PTI’s appeal against Islamabad LB polls postponement

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The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday dismissed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s appeal challenging the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision of postponing the local body elections in the federal capital, terming it ineffective.

A two-member bench, headed by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, presided over the hearing. During the hearing, the court inquired if the ECP is not interested in holding the LB elections. To this, the commission’s officials told the court that the election has been postponed due to an increase in the number of union councils.

Irked by the remark, Justice Kayani stated that neither the previous government nor this government wants to hold local body elections.

The justice added that the election is not being held despite giving an undertaking in the Supreme Court.

“This falls under the category of contempt of court. This is not the job of the ECP to look at the government, you have to conduct elections freely,” remarked Justice Kayani.

Justice Kayani, however, maintained that people will get better representation if there are union councils.