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ECP seeks nine more months to hold LG polls

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) to give it at least six and maximum nine months to conduct the local government (LG) elections. 
The Election Commission of Pakistan has demanded this space keeping in view the time required to carry out delimitation of constituencies in order to hold local government elections in Sindh and Punjab Provinces.
Earlier, in its detailed judgment, the apex court had directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to make early arrangements for holding local government polls in Punjab within next five months. The court had also directed the commission to take all possible measures to carry out delimitation of constituencies within a period of 45 days. 
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani ruled that holding the elections was prime responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan. The detailed judgment also directed carrying out necessary amendments to the Punjab Local Government Act, 2013.
The judgment said that Sections 8 to 10 of the Punjab Local Government Act, 2013, and relevant rules framed thereunder were ultra vires of the constitution in so far as they empower the provincial government to carry out delimitation of constituencies for the local government elections. 
The apex court had directed the federal and provincial governments to carry out appropriate amendments/legislation to empower the Election Commission of Pakistan to initiate and carry out the process of delimitation of constituencies for the local government elections. 

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