ISLAMABAD-Local Bodies elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be held in May this year, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced here on Friday.
The Commission also announced schedule for local body elections in Sindh and Punjab provinces. The Local Bodies polls will be held in Punjab in November, whereas by-polls in Sindh would be held in March 2016.
A high level meeting of ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza was held here which deliberated upon local bodies elections in the country.
After going through the preparation by the provinces including legislation, the meeting decided that local government elections in Sindh will take place in March 2016 whereas polling in KP will be held in May 2005 and Punjab November 2015.
Interim Secretary EC, Sher Afghan, addressed the media in an in-camera briefing and told that election process would be completed by the second week of May in KP whereas all necessary measures were taken to conduct elections in Cantt area. He said final dates for the election would soon be announced.
He further told that Punjab and Sindh handed over the material required for delimitation of constituencies. The Military Lands and Cantonments said an ordinance has been forwarded to the presidency after approval from the Law Ministry, for by-elections in cantonment.
ECP would submit a detailed response on local body elections before February 12. The Election Commission will also submit a response to the Supreme Court on February 12 regarding the scheduled of the election finalized by it in the meeting.
The ECP had earlier said that the process of delimitation of wards for holding the local government elections would be initiated when the commission received complete data from Punjab and Sindh.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has repeatedly blamed the ECP and the provincial governments of Sindh and Punjab for delaying local body elections, which has, in turn, delayed these elections in KP as well.
Balochistan was the first province to complete the electoral exercise. The first phase of the local government elections in Balochistan took place on Dec 7, 2013, followed by two other phases on May 29 and Dec 31, 2014
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