Karachi, Hyderabad LG polls to be held on January 15 2023, ECP rules
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday directed Sindh Government to conduct Local government bodies elections in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions on January 15, 2023.
The reserved verdict of ECP regarding the postponement of Karachi and Hyderabad LG polls announced today.
During the hearing held on November 15, JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman, MQM-P leader Waseem Akhtar, Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab and Inspector General (IG) Sindh Police Ghulam Nabi Memon appeared before the ECP.
ECP Special Secretary Zafar Iqbal Hussain informed the bench that the LG polls were earlier postponed due to rains, but later the Sindh government postponed them for another 90 days.
Joint Secretary Interior Muhammad Ramzan Malik had told the ECP that the Ministry of Interior cannot provide civil armed forces for election duties.
He told the bench that “a large number of the security forces were engaged in the flood-affected areas of Sindh, we are not in a position to meet the security required for the local bodies elections.”
Notably, Karachi’s LG polls were postponed for the third time on October 18. Previously, the LG elections scheduled for July 24 were postponed due to possibility of heavy rains in Karachi and announced to be held on August 28.
Later, the LG polls scheduled for August 28 were also postponed.
After the postponement of local body elections, PTI and JI filed a petition in the Sindh High Court.
The SHC had ordered the ECP to issue the schedule of local body elections in Karachi and Hyderabad within 15 days and ordered to hold the elections within 2 months.