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SC rejects plea against holding KP LG polls as per new schedule


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government’s petition against holding the second phase of local government elections in the province on a new schedule.

During the hearing, KP Advocate General told the court that no consultation was made on this issue, therefore, the elections should be postponed. The apex court forwarded the case to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and directed to hold proceedings and conclude the matter.

SC has also ordered both the parties to present their stance before the commission. The case has become ineffective after issuance of new schedule, Justice Muzahir Naqvi remarked.

Meanwhile, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that the court will not set wrong example by suspending the polls.  

Earlier, ECP had issued a new schedule for second phase of KP LG polls.

The Supreme Court suspended the order of the Peshawar High Court to postpone the second phase of local body elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after which the Election Commission released new schedule.

The commission had directed the districts of South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Karam, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Kohistan, Swat, Shangla and Dir to be included in the second phase of local body elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The election schedule for the lower, upper, lower and upper districts has been released, according to which an announcement will be made tomorrow.

Voting in the second phase of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) local body elections will be held on March 31, according to a statement posted by the Pakistan Election Commission on its social networking site Twitter.

Candidates will be able to submit nomination documents between February 14 and February 18.

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