Islamabad local bodies’ elections postponed by IHC

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Islamabad local bodies' elections

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday postponed the Islamabad local bodies’ elections and directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to finalize the delimitations within 65 days and to announce the schedule afterwards.

Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah announced the verdict after hearing the complaints filed by the PTI and PMLN.

The parties had sought a delay in the polls, making a case for revised delimitation after the government increased the number of union councils from 50 to 101.

Read: Islamabad divided into 50 Union Councils for local government polls

At the outset of the hearing today, the CJ asked the ECP about their plans for holding the Islamabad local bodies’ elections.

The court was brief about the schedule by the ECP officials, who said that elections could be held within 60 to 65 days. The CJ instructed the ECP officials to not transfer votes from one ward to another and adjourned the hearing.

Earlier, the ECP had notified polls on July 31 in 50 union councils of the capital.

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