ECP orders to complete arrangements for holding LG Polls in Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (HEC) has directed the concerned authorities to complete arrangements for holding local government (LG) elections in Punjab.

During a meeting held here in Islamabad with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja in the Chair, the ECP directed that Minister Local Government Punjab, Chief Secretary Punjab and Secretary Local Government should be called for a meeting soon to facilitate the holding of local government elections.

The Election Commission was informed that the draft rules have been received by the Punjab provincial government, while other documents including data and maps have not been provided to the Commission.

The Election Commission took strict notice of this and expressed displeasure that the Election Commission has already completed the process of constituting constituencies twice. It said the expenses incurred on making constituencies proved to be a burden on the national treasury.

The Provincial Election Commissioner was ordered to immediately provide the case for the appointment of Constituency Committees and Constituency Authorities to the Election Commission so that the necessary notification is issued.