Provinces not seems to hold LB election; CJ remarked

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said that it seemed that provinces were not intended to hold Local Body (LB) elections,

While hearing the case relating to holding of LB elections in the provinces, the Chief Justice directed all the provinces to give date for holding LB elections to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in pursuance with the Article 140-A of the Constitution of Pakistan.

The Chief Justice warned that if the constitution was not abided, then get ready to face its result, delay tactics were not entertained, the CJ remarked

Abdul Latiq Yousifzai advocate General KPK apprised the bench that draft of legislation had been prepared and the copy of it was sent to the ECP.

He further stated that they were going to convert 957 union consuls into 3000 village consuls which was time taking process, as the delimitation completed, election would be hold.

Sher Afghan Director General ECP said that yet no request was received from any of the province relating to the holding of LB elections.

Balochistan had carried out the delimitation on the basis of old census on which elections could not be held, he added.

He further stated that ECP would not delay elections after getting the notification of delimitation and rules and regulations from provinces under which election would be conducted.

Advocate General Sindh stated that the delimitation would be completed on November 4, adding that we are very much near the LB lections and could not even think of not holding the elections in the province.

Advocate General Punjab stated that the demarcations across the province have been completed and the copies of that were sent to the ECP.

The Supreme Court in its order said that if the article 140-A would not implemented, then the court would pass its order over non-implementation of the constitution.

Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned till October, 7.