SC orders provinces to hold LG polls after Muharram

A three-judge bench heard the case pertaining to the local bodies' elections.

A three-judge bench heard the case pertaining to the local bodies’ elections.

DUNYA NEWS, ISLAMABAD, 26th SEPTEMBER 2013:- The Supreme Court warned Thursday that the old local government system will be restored if provincial governments fail to hold polls immediately after Muharram-ul-Haram.

During the hearing of a case pertaining to the local bodies’ elections, the Punjab advocate general said that the provincial government was set to hold elections on December 7. The chief justice remarked that every province was giving its own date, adding that the scheduled date was too far.

Meanwhile, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja asked to name those elements who were delaying the elections.

The chief justice remarked that only Sindh government was serious in holding LG polls. The court summoned the reply from federation and Sindh and adjourned the hearing.

Earlier, a three-judge bench directed the provincial governments and the ICT to submit reply for not holding LB polls so far despite clear orders of the apex court.

The court posed a question as to whether the elected provincial governments and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were not bound by the constitutional provisions, particularly articles 5, 32, 38 (a & b) and 140-A.

It said the prime minister, chief ministers, ministers, MNAs, senators and MPAs had taken oath under the Constitution, so they are bound to follow the Constitution’s provisions. “It is the obligation of the court to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution,” it said.

The bench sought reply from the authorities of the provinces and the ICT regarding holding the local government elections, before the apex court passed a final order. The court issued notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan to explain its responsibility regarding holding of the LG polls under 140-A (2) of the Constitution.

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