Punjab expected to hold LB polls in September

The provincial government has given the dates of elections to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

LAHORE: The Punjab government has taken a major decision for holding local bodies elections by hinting to organise the polls in September, sources said on Thursday.

The provincial government has given the dates of elections to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat suggested the commission to hold the polls in September.

Basharat said in a statement the Punjab government will ensure the process of polls in phases. During the first phase, elections will be organised in village councils of the province.

Moreover, the authorities have decided to reduce the number of village councils from 25,000 to 8,000, sources said.

Earlier in the day, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja chaired an important session regarding the LG elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The session was attended by all four members and the ECP secretary to review the preparations of LG polls in Punjab and KP.

A briefing was given to the participants by officials from the law and local wing of ECP.

The spread of coronavirus pandemic is being termed as the reason for a delay in the organisation of local government elections in the provinces.

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