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PTI to challenge deferred Sindh LG polls in court

ECP says the decision is based on the latest rain forecasts by the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

The PTI has planned to move the Court over the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to postpone the Sindh local body elections, according to a Geo News report.

While addressing a gathering in Hyderabad, PTI leader Ali Zaidi said the party condemned ECP’s decision and said the Commission was already controversial.

The ECP decision will be challenged in the Sindh High Court, he said.

Apart from that, former Sindh governor Imran Ismail stated that the postponement of local body elections and the NA-245 poll signifies the PPP and MQM-P’s defeat.

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He claimed that the buyers and sellers of consciences are fleeing Sindh elections by setting up a market in Punjab and that the “thappa” mafia has escaped yet again today.

On the other hand, PTI leader Khurram Sher Zaman stated at a press conference in Karachi that the ECP had failed to conduct transparent elections. He said that the election commissioner should resign, adding that MQM-P and PPP had rigged the election ahead of time.

The second phase of Sindh’s local body elections was scheduled to take place on July 24, but the ECP postponed it a day earlier to August 18 due to the latest forecast of rain by the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, and it was decided to postpone the Sindh local government elections.

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Geo News cited the officials as saying that the decision was made at the request of the MQM, the chief secretary of the GDA, and the provincial election commissioner.

According to the Election Commission’s spokesperson, the second phase of local elections in Sindh will now take place on August 28, 2022.

With input from Geo News