ECP panel to determine reasons for persistent delay in LG elections

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday constituted a committee to determine the reasons for the persistent delay in holding local government elections and submit proposals to entrust the responsibility of holding LG elections to provinces and submit its recommendations to the commission.

The committee headed by Election Commission special secretary, comprising ECP director general, senior officers of the commission, has been tasked to submit the report after thorough perusal.

The committee, constituted by ECP in a meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, was assigned to determine constitutional and legal responsibilities of the Election Commission for holding LG elections; dependency of ECP on federal and provincial governments for holding LG elections; determine reasons for the delay in elections; suggest proposals to reduce ECP’s reliance on provincial governments for holding LG elections (to be sent to the federal government for legislation). – APP