Islamabad: Local body elections in Hyderabad and Karachi will be held on January 15 after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected Muttahida Qaumi Movement-(MQM-P) Pakistan’s appeal.
The MQM-P appealed the ECP’s decision regarding the possible use of two separate voter lists simultaneously in local government elections.
On Friday, a three-member election body bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja had reserved the verdict.
Additionally, the Jamaat-e-Islami petitioned the Election Commission to hold the elections as planned after they were repeatedly postponed due to various reasons.
The ECP directed the officials to ensure that the polling takes place on time after the announcement of the verdict.
The MQM-P attorney was informed by the Chief Election Commissioner during a recent hearing that despite his presence at several forums, the topic of electoral roll was never brought up.
He directed the counsel to raise more issues so that they can be clubbed.
The CEC rejected the lawyer’s claim and said that he was at fault on two electoral records.
“Do you believe you can postpone the election once again? Your arguments are currently irrelevant,” he observed
As the Election Commission of Pakistan is responsible for conducting elections, CEC Raja insisted that local government elections in Karachi would not be postponed.