ECP postpones by-polls in 13 constituencies

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday postponed the by-elections in thirteen constituencies of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) in view of the destruction resulting from flash floods and the non-availability of law enforcement groups (LEAs) for holding peaceful polls.

A meeting chaired by means of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja become hung on Thursday. Following the assembly, the electoral watchdog issued a statement, wherein it made it clean that handiest the polling dates were being postponed and the rest of the levels might be completed as consistent with agenda. It added that the new dates could be announced while the state of affairs in flood-devastated areas improves and the LEAs are available for presenting safety.The electoral body defined that it turned into not feasible for them to hold the polls at the prescribed dates because of the devastation and displacement due to floods and the engagement of all organizations in comfort operations, besides transportation troubles and the incidents of terrorism in K-P.

It stated that accomplishing non violent polls become its responsibility and the provision of the Pakistan Army, Rangers and Frontier Corps (FC) was vital to keep regulation and order. It, consequently, added that the selection turned into taken within the public interest.

In the feedback given with the aid of the Ministry of Interior to ECP, it become stated that the security agencies have been engaged in flood alleviation operations, monitoring internal security and stopping terrorist sports inside the country.

The ECP stated that the army authorities additionally mentioned the countrywide emergency and referred to their engagement in remedy operations. The military government stated that the absence of LEAs might not be appropriate for holding peaceful elections.In the meeting, the provincial election commissioners of Sindh, K-P and Punjab additionally stated that it was not possible to preserve the polls within the cutting-edge circumstances as the victims of floods were stored in numerous authorities homes. They added that alleviation operations have been additionally being conducted from government buildings.The ECP secretary also said that every one national companies, which includes police, military, rangers and FC, who have been deployed on election duty were “extremely busy” in sporting out comfort operations and helping the resettlement of flood victims.

The secretary stated that on August 23, the ECP had asked the services of LEAs through the Ministry of Interior, but due to the countrywide emergency, no guarantee of their deployment was given. He also pointed out that the regulation and order scenario was anxious in K-P wherein, in latest days, assaults on LEAs caused casualties.

ECP had announced by using-polls on September 11 and 25, and on October 2. Polling turned into scheduled to be held on NA-157 Multan on 9-11; PP-139 Sheikhupra on Sept. 11, PP-241 Bahawalnagar on Sep 11; NA-22 Mardan on September 25; NA-24 Charsadda on September 25; NA-31 Peshawar on September 25; NA-45 Kurram on September 25; NA 108 Faisalabad on September 25; NA-118 Nankana Sahib on September 25; NA-237 Malir on September 25; NA-239 Korangi on September 25; NA-246 Karachi I on September 25; and PP-209 Khanewal on October 2.

PTI to mission selection

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has determined to venture the ECP’s selection. Party’s Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with fellow birthday celebration chief Dr Babar Awan, following which the latter issued a video announcement, announcing the birthday celebration’s position.

He mentioned that neither is there any emergency in Multan nor has it been declared disaster-struck. Commenting on the legal court cases against party chief Imran Khan, he said that the charge sheet has not been filed yet, and may be filed on September 22.

He additionally stated that his role is the same as the ones of judicial assistants, adding that “the regulation of contempt of courtroom has ended in the international”.

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