ECP once again postpones the local government elections in Karachi

The local government elections were scheduled for October 23 but Sindh government approached the ECP to postpone the elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced to postpone the local bodies election in Karachi scheduled for October 23. The ECP will review the situation after 15 days to take the decision on LG elections. The decision was taken by ECP today after the Sindh government informed the body about the unavailability of the police force for security during polls due to floods. The Sindh requested the ECP to postpone the elections for three months. 

 “Election Commission made every effort to hold local bodies polls in Karachi and a meeting was held with the secretary interior a day prior in this regard,” the ECP said.

It said that the ministry was asked to ensure the availability of the army and Rangers for security but was informed that due to a lack of police personnel the Rangers and army can not be deployed at polling stations and will only be available as a Quick Response Force when needed.

“The ECP had no option but to postpone the local government elections in Karachi for the time being.

The Sindh government had informed the electoral body that there is a shortage of 16,785 personnel and recommended that the federal government be requested to fulfill the requirement from the army and Rangers.


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