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SC gives EC one month for LG polls in KP, Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to file a reply within 15 days on the non-implementation of nine clauses of electoral reforms during the general election besides seeking reply from the government within one month for conducting local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. 
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has observed that conducting elections in an equitable and transparent manner is the responsibility of the ECP and it is binding on all the institutions of the country to extend cooperation to the commission in discharging this obligation. A three-member bench of the court headed on Tuesday heard the electoral reforms’ implementation case, which was filed by the Pakistan Workers Party. 
Petitioner Advocate Bilal Qutab told the court that the ECP has not got implemented nine clauses of the electoral reforms laid down in public representation act and court’s decision. He said had these clauses been implemented no one would have felt the need to level any allegation, including that of rigging, in the polls in the country. When the court inquired from ECP DG Sher Afgan what he had to say about this he said the ECP is ready to hold elections. But time be given to him to file a reply on the matter of clauses.

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