ECP announced local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad on January 15

 ECP announced the date of LG elections in Karachi  and Hyderabad on the direction of SHC after delaying it several times 

The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced the date of local government elections on the direction of Sindh High Court. The elections will be held on January 15,2023. The ECP postponed the LG elections in Karachi and Hyderabad several times.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Raja announced the verdict, reserved on November 15. The LG polls in Karachi were first postponed in July due to the monsoon rains in the city. The Sindh government had repeatedly sought the rescheduling of dates for the election.

The elections were initially scheduled for July 24, but they were delayed due to "bad weather and rains". Then, polling was set to take place on August 28 and October 24, but the provincial government refused to provide security.

In its latest move to delay the polling further, the provincial cabinet had earlier this month approved delaying local government elections in Karachi Division for another 90 days under Sindh Local Government Act, 2013.

Last week, in a similar case, the Sindh High Court had directed the ECP to announce a new schedule for the local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad.

In its verdict on the pleas of PTI and JI, the high court directed the commission to announce a new schedule for the local body polls in both cities.

"We would not go so far as to dictate the date of the election or direct the manner in which the same ought to be conducted or policed, but would note that the ECP may notify the polling date, preferably within a period of 15 days from the date of this order," the order mentioned.

The court has demanded the ECP to specify a fresh polling date and preferably conclude the overall exercise of the "election in any event within a total period of 60 days".


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