ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday disposed of a miscellaneous application filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), allowing it to announce a new schedule for the local government polls, media reported.
Earlier today, in an application to the apex court, ECP Additional Secretary Sher Afghan had suggested to the court that 18 Jan 2014 and Jan 30 be fixed respectively for Sindh and Punjab local body elections.
He proposed that any date in Feb could be fixed for elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and cantonment boards, whereas the date of Dec 7 should remain unchanged.
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry later took up the petition for hearing and accepted ECP’s request for delay in local bodies polls.
The court allowed the ECP to announce a schedule for the election as per its proposal. After which, the ECP is now likely to formally announce a new schedule for all four provinces.