MQM-P, PPP, GDA ‘agree’ to delay LG elections in Sindh


SC won’t allow Imran to use its shoulders: Murad

Top political parties in the Sindh province have agreed to ask the Election Commission of Pakistan to delay local government elections in the Sindh.

The political parties that have agreed to extend local government elections included Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, and Grand Democratic Alliance.

The consensus among the parties has emerged during a meeting of the steering committee on changes in local government act in the province. “The recommendations of the committee will be forwarded to the ECP in next 48 hours,” they said.

The decision to postpone the local government elections came after the ECP recently issued schedule for the elections.

As per the schedule, the nomination papers for the second phase of local government polls in Sindh will be submitted to the returning officers from June 8 to 11.

The names of nominated candidates will be published on June 13.

The scrutiny of nomination papers by ROs will be during June 15-17. The date for filing appeals against the decision of ROs will be June 18-22 while the last date for deciding appeals by the appellate authority will be June 25. The date for publication of the revised list of candidates will be June 27 while the last date for withdrawal and publication of the revised candidate list will be June 28.

The date for the allotment of symbols to contesting candidates will be June 29 while the elections will be held on July 24 and results will be consolidated by July 28. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Monday said that the Supreme Court would not allow Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan to use its shoulders.

Talking to media persons outside a court of National Accountability Bureau in Islamabad, the chief minister said that PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari led the most successful long march.

Murad stated that policemen were tortured during the PTI’s long march, adding: “The government takes precautionary measures when there are talks of violence and chaos.”

He also said that the PTI workers protested in Karachi without permission, adding: “If they had a plan to protest, they should have obtained permission. We would have allotted a place for them.”