ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday cancelled all the nomination papers filed for the local government elections in Sindh and Punjab following the Supreme Court’s order to reschedule the election process.
The permission by the apex court to reschedule the election process for local government elections would not reinitiate it from scrap, as the new process would warrant new nomination papers. The elections for local governments in Sindh and Punjab were earlier scheduled for January 18 and January 30. Meanwhile, the ECP has also unfrozen voters’ lists and lifted a ban on transfers and postings in Sindh and Punjab. The ECP had frozen the electoral lists and banned transfers and postings in the two provinces following the announcement of local government election schedule. The ECP spokesman said the step has been taken after the commission was allowed to reschedule the local government election. He further said the new voters could be included in the electoral lists besides change of constituency.
The Election Commission of Pakistan had on Monday announced a delay in the local government elections in Punjab and Sindh. The ECP recalled the earlier notifications under which the elections in Punjab were to be held on January 30 and in Sindh on January 18, after a decision by the Supreme Court. The apex court had allowed the election commission to review the schedule to make necessary arrangements.
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