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ECP Defies Court Order for Holding LG polls in Islamabad on Saturday

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ISLAMABAD (Republic policcy) – Despite clear orders from the Islamabad High Court to hold local government (LG polls) polls in the capital city on Saturday (Dec 31), the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) failed to comply with the orders as polling process could not begin yet.

The polling process was to start at 8am but the elections staff has not reached the polling stations till the filing of this report as the top election body last night reportedly expressed its inability to hold elections on a short notice. It had sought seven days to conduct LG polls in the capital city.

Following the verdict, the ECP convened an emergency meeting last night when it was told that more than 14,000 members of the polling staff were teachers and employees of other departments and they were on winter vacation, hence making it difficult to conduct the election.

Rana said on Friday though the government respected court’s ruling, the local government elections would not be possible before four months.

Speaking to the media, Mr Sanaullah claimed that there were already threats in Islamabad due to a suicide bombing in the I-10 area a few days back.

He said that making the arrangement of 1,000 polling stations on an immediate basis was not possible. He said it would take at least 10 months to hold the general election — likely in October.

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