IHC nullifies ECP’s verdict on LG polls

IHC nullifies ECP’s verdict on LG polls

The Islamabad High Court (IHC)

on Friday nullified the Election Commission

of Pakistan (ECP) notice — which had nullified a government notification to

increase the number of union councils in Islamabad — and directed the poll body to

The ECP will decide on December 27 whether or not the


The Islamabad High Court directed the ECP that

it should listen to all parties including the government

on December 27 and decide whether the local body elections in Islamabad

regarding local government elections in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

the court could not pass directives to the ECP (about holding the polls) as

it was an independent constitutional institution and regulatory body.

IHC Chief Justice Aamir Farooq heard identical petitions on the LG polls,

the increase in the number of union councils and changes in the voters’ list.

Attorney General of Pakistan

Ashtar Ausaf, Additional

Attorney General Munawar Dougal, Advocate General Jahangir Jest of the hearing, Jahangir Jadon argued that the interior ministry

had issued a notification on December 19, regarding the increase in the number

without hearing the federation or the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation.

it was the responsibility of the ECP to conduct the delimitation.

The increase in number would reduce the size of

union councils, he said and asked whether it wouldn’t affect the local area.

The Advocate General Islamabad said that the delimitation

He asked whether the ECP had the authority to disobey the notification of the federal government. The IHC chief justice remarked that the ECP was of the view that the UCs were

On the query related to the changes in voters’ lists,

the ECP DG legal said

that the process for the change was done. A counsel for the petitioner adopted the stance that voters of Gorla UC

The ECP had stated

right to vote and if it was

The election wouldn’t be free and fair if it were conducted with a lot of mistakes, he said. The ECP’s DG said that the complainants had arrived too late

, adding that they should have come at the time of the process

The ECP chief justice remarked that any political party that come into power didn’t show interest in local body elections. Political analysts could tell the reason for it, he said.

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