ISLAMABAD – Acting Chief Election Commissioner, Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani on Tuesday said that the provinces gave the dates for holding local bodies elections in the court without consultation and added that all the organizations were bound to obey the orders of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
He said according to the constitution all the institutions of the country were bound to assist the Election Commission for ensuring the electoral rights of the people.
Addressing the ECP meeting here, Acting CEC said that the ECP was going to hold LB elections for the first time in the history of the country for which the preparations on the part of provinces were not complete.
Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani further said that all the organizations of the federation and provinces were bound to assist ECP under Article 220. He said that the contempt of court notice was issued to the defence secretary for failing to hold LB elections in Cantonment Board areas and the copies of the decision in the case have been distributed among the chief secretaries. He said that the contempt of court proceedings are underway in Supreme Court for not honoring the verdict of the apex court in constitutional petition No-65 of 2009. He said unluckily Lb polls have not been conducted in country due to one or other reason.
Acting CEC said that the Supreme Court has approved the LB polls dates in Sindh on January 18, while in Punjab on January 30. He said that the Supreme Court had issued notices to all advocate generals and issues the order in the presence of advocate generals. Justice Jilani said he was hopeful that the provinces will honor this order of the Supreme Court.