IHC orders ECP to hold Islamabad local govt polls tomorrow

In a major development, the Islamabad High Court Friday ordered holding local government elections in the federal capital tomorrow (Saturday), as it passed the judgment on the petitions against postponing the polls.

Directing the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the polls on the petitions filed by the PTI and the JI, Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir set aside the move by the Election commission of Pakistan (ECP).

In a one-page order, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) also asked the federal government to ensure assisting the ECP in the process.

According to the order, “The Ministry of Interior’s December 19 notification has been declared null and void and so is the December 27 notification of the Election Commission.”

Earlier, the ECP had deferred the polls after the federal government increased the number of union councils in the capital without taking the body into confidence.

Before reserving the verdict, the court had expressed displeasure over the federal government’s attitude and voiced its reservations over the “waste of money” if the polls were not held on time.

It’s a developing story. Details to follow.

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