LAHORE - The dream of getting the local governance system this year seems impossible despite the announcement of the three provinces to hold the local elections in 2013, as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) needs at least two-months time to prepare for the fresh electoral rolls.
The ECP needs an additional time for printing of the ballot papers as well as appointing the election staff to conduct the Local Bodies polls.
The ECP is of the view that the holding of LG polls according to the dates given by the three provinces was not possible as at least two months time would be required by the Nadra to prepare a fresh electoral rolls for the conduct of the elections as once again a door-to-door verification exercise is carried out to reconcile the electoral rolls with the delimitation carried out by the provinces.
Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, complying to the directions of the Supreme Court to hold the Local Bodies polls have announced to conduct the local elections.
However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad Capital Territory are still without the required law for holding of LG polls.
Former Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad talking to TheNation over the issue to the hold the LG elections said that delay in holding of Local Bodies election was not unconstitutional as the all four provinces were determined to hold the polls.
He said, “In my opinion the ECP’s excuse of requirement of about three month time is genuine. The Supreme Court should be lenient towards the issue as the required time for preparations could not be minimised.”
He said the ECP had to examine the new delimitations and also remove objections. Furthermore, he said about one month would also be required for the printing of ballot papers and appointment of Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers.
Kanwar Dilshad is of the view that the former government at the Centre was responsible for delay in the LG polls as the elections should have been held in August 2009.