Sindh approaches SC to get LG polls date extended to Dec 7

KARACHI: Sindh Government on Friday approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan for extending the date of local bodies’ elections in the province till December 07.

Advocate general Sindh Khalid Jawed Khan on behalf of provincial government filed an application in a main case pertaining to the local bodies’ elections in the apex court’s Karachi registry, while pleading to the court to allow government to extend date for holding local government elections in Sindh province till December 07 as other provincial governments including Baluchistan and Punjab would hold the local bodies’ elections on December 7.

Advocate General (AG) Sindh submitted in application that during the hearing of case pertaining to the local bodies’ election, he informed the apex court that the Sindh government was ready to hold LB elections on November 27. Though, the Advocate Generals of Balochistan and Punjab told the apex court that their provincial governments would be ready to hold LB elections on December 7. The court was pleased to accept the dates given by provincial governments, he added.

He said that provincial government was fully committed to hold local bodies’ elections as early as possible but some serious problems had surfaced, constraining it to request the court for allowing it to hold local bodies’ polls in Sindh by December 07, instead of November 27.

AG stated that process for the delimitation of constituencies was initiated in the province and being carried out speedily despite long Eid holidays. “The process was completed but appellate proceedings on objections over delimitations could not be completed before November 13. Any further reduction in time would result in completely arbitrary delimitations,” he added.

He said that Shia community met the Chief Minister Sindh on November 07 and voiced serious concern and requested him to move an application for adjustment of date local bodies’ elections, adding that a large number of other representative groups had also approached CM with same request.

AG submitted that province is fully committed to honour the orders passed by apex court as it honoured by enacting local government law and submitting date for holding local bodies’ elections without any reservations. However, he added that genuine problem has arisen which have compelled government to ask the court for extending date.