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LG polls in Sindh, Balochistan: ECP calls meeting on August 10

July 28, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday convened a meeting on August 10 regarding the holding of local government elections in Sindh and Balochistan. The chief secretaries and the secretaries of Local Government of both the provinces have been called to inform the commission about the steps taken by the provincial governments regarding the conduct of local government elections. The decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan, which was presided over by Sikandar Sultan Raja, chief election commissioner of Pakistan. Apart from ECP members, Shah Muhammad Jatoi and Nisar Ahmad Durrani, senior officers of ECP, attended the meeting. Following the official publication of the final census data by the commission, the delimitation of new national and provincial constituencies in the country, its various modalities and implications were considered in the meeting. It was decided at the meeting that the commission would seek assistance from the Ministry of Law and Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and the attorney general in this regard.

The current situation of delimitation of constituencies for local government elections in the federal capital and the difficulties faced by the commission in this regard were highlighted. The commission was told that the Ministry of Interior had informed the commission in a letter dated May 18, 2021 that 50 union councils would be set up in the Federal Capital Territory. On July 6, 2021, the ministry unilaterally withdrew the letter. Due to which, the commission could not continue the process of delimitation. The ECP took notice and issued instructions to summon the secretary of the ministry and the chief commissioner Islamabad on August 5. They will brief the commission on the withdrawal of the letter and holding of elections in the federal capital so that the ECP could fulfil this constitutional responsibility.