ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that all the provincial governments as well as the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) should make efforts to hold the local bodies elections across the country close to September 15, 2013 after promulgating the relevant laws.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, heard the case pertaining to the law and order situation in Balochistan.
The court directed all the provincial governments and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to complete the process of amending the relevant laws for ensuring holding of local bodies elections in the country.
The court in its order ruled that all the provincial governments and the ICT adhered to holding the local bodies election as early as possible by promulgating laws with amendments or fresh provisions of law to fulfill commitment and command of the Constitution.
The court recalled that it had already fixed September 15 for holding the local bodies elections in the Cantonment Boards, therefore, efforts should be made by all the provincial governments and the ICT to hold the local government elections close to the date of September 15.
On the previous hearing, the court had directed all the provincial advocate generals to provide by July 22 the final date for holding the local government elections in their respective provinces.
The court had also directed the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to file statements determining the final date for the local bodies (LB) polls across the country.
On Monday, Advocate General Punjab Mustafa Ramday, in pursuance of the court’s earlier order, submitted that after deliberation both on legal and administrative sides, the provincial government had expressed the desire to hold the local bodies elections after legislating the local bodies law for which two or three weeks were required.
He, however, assured the court that whenever the Election Commission desired to do so, the Punjab government would facilitate the elections.Advocate General Sindh Khlaid Javed requested the court to extend the date till December 31 as he said there were some problems being faced by the province.
Advocate General Balochistan Shakil Baloch submitted before the court that the provincial government would honour the verdict of the apex court but there were some problems of IDPs of Dera Bugti and Dera Marri.
At this, the Chief Justice observed that people from both these constituencies had recently been elected in the general elections.
Sher Afghan, Director General Election Commission, told the court that after the provinces had completed the process of delimitation of union councils, wards, etc, as many as 90 days would be required to hold the LB elections across the country.Later, the court adjourned the hearing till August 15.