PESHAWAR – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led Khyber Pakhtukhuwa (KPK) government has agreed to wait as much as six months for the local bodies polls while Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) could install the biometric system in the province.
According to an official letter written by the KPK government, the ECP was categorically asked to install and prepare local bodies polls in the province on lines of biometric system.
The language of the letter made it crystal clear that local government elections would be conducted only under the biometric system.
Earlier this week, ECP told KPK authorities that installation of biometric system across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would delay the local bodies polls, however, if it was to be replaced with paper balloting then it could be done in only thirty days.
Earlier in April, PakistanTribe reported that PTI has finally decided to hold Local Bodies’ polls under its regime in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) though its chief Imran Khan used to vow to do so within 90 days of forming government during election campaign of 2013.
Back then, the official communique stated that KPK Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak informed the core committee that “His government was ready to hold local bodies’ elections on 30th April as delimitations had been done and no one had objected.” (sic)
Its worth mentioning here that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had granted granted Sindh and Punjab a time period until November 15, 2014 to hold the local bodies’ polls.