KP proposes to hold LB elections in September

PESHAWAR: Following in the footsteps of the Punjab government, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has assured the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) of holding local bodies elections in September this year, sources said on Thursday.

The KP government has proposed September 15 as the date for the elections.

The ECP will hold consultations in a meeting in February on the proposed date from the provincial government. According to the sources, a separate meeting will consider the proposal from the Punjab government.

The sources said that the ECP will finalise the election schedule keeping in view the proposed dates from the two provincial governments.

The ECP last week had directed the KP government to submit a date and other documents within 15 days.

Last week, the Punjab government had suggested the ECP to hold the elections in September. The suggestion came in as an ECP meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja reviewed the preparations for the local bodies elections in KP and Punjab.

The representatives of the two provincial governments attended the meeting.

Both the governments were of the view that the reason behind the delay in holding the local government elections in the provinces was the coronavirus pandemic.

The representatives of KP and Punjab gave a briefing to the ECP regarding the preparations for the elections. The officials from the law and local wings also briefed the ECP on the issue.

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