Centre, ECP intra-court pleas' hearing deferred for a week

Centre, ECP intra-court pleas' hearing deferred for a week


Centre, ECP intra-court pleas' hearing deferred for a week

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The federal government and the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) intra-court appeals filed against the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict  hearing deferred for a week.

The registrar’s office of IHC issued the cause list of Monday in which the aforementioned cases were not marked by the court’s staff, while benched for hearing the pleas will be formed on January 2.

Earlier today, the federal government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday filed an intra-court appeal in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the verdict of its single-member bench for holding the local government elections in the capital city on Dec 31.

The top election body has made the Jamat-e-Islami and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders respondents in the case. However, the IHC registrar office raised an objection to the ECP appeal, saying that relevant documents need to be attached with it.

The lawyer of the ECP has re-submitted the petition after removing the objections raised by the registrar office.

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday filed a contempt of court plea against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the federal government after the ECP failed to conduct the local government (LG) elections in the capital.

Know more: IHC orders ECP to hold local govt elections in Islamabad on Saturday

On Friday, the IHC ordered the ECP to conduct the LG election as per schedule. Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir issued the order while hearing a petition of the PTI and JI against the election body’s verdict to delay the polls “for the time being” due to government’s decision to increase the number of union councils (UCs). Following the verdict, the ECP convened an emergency meeting on Friday 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.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah 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.

Speaking about the LG polls arrangement, 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.