The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has notified schedule for Local Governments (LG) elections in Punjab, whereas, the schedule for Sindh LG polls would be notified on December 13. According to the schedule, LG polls in Punjab would be held on January 30. The candidates could receive nomination papers from December 20 to 27. Scrutiny of the nomination papers would be carried out from December 30 to January 4.
Appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers could be filed from January 6 to 7. The nomination papers could be withdrawn by January 12. The final list of candidates will be issued on January 13. The ECP further notified that no transfer or postings of the civil servants shall be made after the issuance of election schedule for LG polls without prior approval of the ECP till the publication of election results.
After the issuance of election schedule, the Prime Minister, Governor, Chief Minister, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Federal and Provincial Ministers, Advisors to the Prime Minister or Chief Minister or any other holder of public office will not visit the area of any local government to announce any development scheme or to canvass or campaign for any candidate or any political party.
No Deputy Commissioner and District Co-ordination Officer shall perform protocol duty with the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, Federal Ministers, State Ministers, Provincial Ministers, Advisors to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister or any person on their behalf till conclusion of the electoral process.
The schedule of Sindh LB elections would be announced on December 13, the notification said. Rejecting the Sindh government’s request for delay in the elections till March, the commission has stated that if the Sindh government wanted delay in elections, it should go to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that the provincial cabinet has decided to hold LG polls in March. He said that the government would officially dispatch a letter to the ECP on Tuesday in this regard.
Author: Wasim Iqbal
Source: Recorder Report