Supreme Court suspends PHC’s decision of postponing KP LG polls

PESHAWAR: Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday has suspended the decision of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) regarding the postponement of the second phase of local bodies elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

During the proceedings, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) lawyer told the court that PHC had deferred the schedule of the polls without listening to the arguments of the commission.

Meanwhile, Justice Ayesha Malik remarked that the high court should have listened to the stance of the election commission before announcing the decision.  

On February 4, 2022, PHC had postponed the second phase of the local bodies election in KP that was scheduled to be held on March 27.

During the hearing at the Abbottabad registry, the court remarked that people face problems in casting their votes due to heavy snowfall. The district government should re-arrange the date for local bodies election after Ramazan, the judge directed.

It is to be mentioned here that the representatives of Kohistan and Naran had filed a plea requesting to defer the polls because of severe weather conditions.

As per the previous schedule, the candidates can submit their nomination papers from February 7 to 11. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be carried out from February 14 to 16.

The election symbols would be allotted to the contesting candidates on February 28.

Earlier in December 2021, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) suffered a major setback despite being in power as Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) candidate Zubair Ali defeated Rizwan Khan Bangash in first phase of KP LG election.

According to the results, the JUI-F candidate secured 62,388 votes while the PTI’s Rizwan Bangash was able to grab only 50,659 votes.

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