ECP announces to hold LB polls in Karachi, Hyderabad on Jan 15

F.P. Report

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Tuesday announced holding the local bodies’ elections in Karachi and Hyderabad on January 15 next.

The ECP also directed the institutions concerned to complete the security arrangements in this regard.

Earlier, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had Friday ordered the ECP to hold LB polls in Karachi and Hyderabad immediately.

The SHC had announced its verdict, accepting the applications of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

The MQM had requested the court to postpone the LB polls until amendments were made to the Sindh Local Government Act.

The court had directed the Sindh government and the IG police to make arrangements for providing security during the polls.

The court had also ordered the provincial government to immediately release a schedule for the polls.

In August, the PTI and the JI had filed petitions in the SHC after the ECP postponed for the second time the LB elections scheduled to be held in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions on Aug 28.