The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday submitted in the Supreme Court the dates of polls in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Cantonment Boards.
According to the details, Supreme Court had ordered the ECP to submit the progress report over the matter in the court. The Apex Court had also ordered the election commission to submit deliberations of its sessions with regard to the local government elections.
ECP informed the top court that the local government elections in Punjab will be held in three phases.
The first phase of the local council polls will be held on June 20.
Polls in the second phase will be held on July 16.
Whereas in the third phase, the polls will be held on August 08.
The ECP further said that the polling for local council election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be held in two phases.
The first phase elections in the province will be held on April 08
The second phase of election will be held on May 29.
Moreover, the Cantonment Boards’ elections will also be held on April 08 and May 29, the ECP said.
In the previous hearing, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, during the hearing referred to the Article 6 of the Constitution and said that those creating hurdles in the Constitution’s implementation are committing high treason. He advised the CEC to “step down from your post if you cannot organize the elections.”
He further commented that it seems that democracy is no longer a priority of the election authority. “Why are the local bodies polls not being organized,” he asked and added, “why are the masses being deprived of democracy.”