Govt fails to meet court deadline on civic elections

August 11, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: The federal and provincial governments have failed to meet the apex court’s five-month deadline — granted to finalise legislation for empowering the election commission to carry out delimitation of constituencies for local government elections.

The court had directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the local government polls before November 15, 2014. It was learnt that despite the passage of five months, both the federal and provincial governments are unable to initiate any steps for legislation.

A senior government official said both provincial governments have delayed the matter and written a letter to the federal government only last week to carry out appropriate legislation. The court’s deadline will officially end on August 20.

Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had given a tough time to executive for holding the LG polls but his successor Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani adopted the policy of ‘judicial restraint’ and delayed the elections at the eleventh hour on the issue of delimitation.