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PTI slams govt as Islamabad LG polls postponed for 2nd time

PTI leaders are taking to social media to lambast the PML-N government and accuse it of being afraid of all forms of elections!

PTI leaders are lashing out at the incumbent government as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) postpones the local government elections which were scheduled for December 31 in Islamabad.

After the decision was announced, PTI leaders are taking to social media to lambast the PML-N government and accuse it of running away from all kinds of elections.

“The question is how a government that is so afraid of the local body elections in Islamabad that the Election Commission had to unconstitutionally postpone the election to help this poor government can run the country? Do not compromise the security and integrity of institutions,” Fawad Chaudhry said.

“They ran away again… Islamabad local government election postponed,” Asad Umar tweeted.

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“A few days before the polling day, Islamabad municipal elections will be postponed. The federal government of PML-N is running away from every election and is trembling with the fear of defeat,” PTI’s Farrukh Habib said.

“Islamabad local government elections postponed. Another election that imported Govt runs away from. How long will you keep running? Eventually, you will have to face the people,” Shafqat Mahmood tweeted.

“Run imported run! The imported government also escaped from the local elections in Islamabad. The death of their narrative of honoring the vote!” PTI’s Ali Muhammad Khan said.

“Once again, the fear of public opinion is forcing the government to run away from elections at any level anywhere in Pakistan. Election Commission seems hand in glove with the government,” Hassan Khawar tweeted.

ECP postpones Islamabad LG polls 

Today, the ECP hearing revolved around the federal government’s decision to increase the number of Union Councils in the federal capital territory. Advocate General Jahangir Jadoon and former Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, while Babar Awan and Ali Nawaz Awan from PTI and Mian Aslam from Jamaat-e-Islami appeared before the Election Commission.

Ashtar Ausaf argued that the Islamabad High Court had given the authority to the ECP to take the final decision. He said in the past, even after the schedule was released, the elections were postponed. The Election Commission has to decide according to the constitution and law, he said, adding that the ECP should redistribute constituencies in Islamabad according to the new law.

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The former attorney general also said that it is the authority of the federal government to demarcate union councils, to which member Nisar Durrani said that the number of union councils was increased to 101 in June.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that every other day the governments postpone LG by amending the Election Act. Ashtar Ausaf requested ECP to conduct LG elections in Islamabad based on 125 union councils.