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EC should decide again after hearing all respondents if LB polls in Islamabad will take place on Dec 31 or otherwise: IHC

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has nullified the election commission notification on rejecting the government decision for increasing the number of union councils with reference to Local Bodies (LB) polls in Islamabad.

The court remarked the election commission should decide again after hearing all respondents if LB polls will take place in Islamabad on December 31 or otherwise. It will be decided by election commission itself.

The petitions with regard to LB polls in Islamabad came up for hearing before single bench of IHC led by the Chief Justice (CJ) IHC Aamer Farooq Friday.

The CJ IHC remarked the problems in Islamabad will not be resolved unless the small parliament like Delhi comes in Islamabad.

PTI counsel while raising objection over Jahangir Jadoon application said Advocate General (AG) has not made us respondents. PTI is the largest party of all in LB polls

The CJ remarked this is court proceedings. Here speech has not to be delivered. Is it the mandate of federal government to increase number of union councils.

AG told the court notification has been issued and legislation has also been enacted. Interior ministry issued notification on increasing number of union councils on December 19 but election commission rejected this notification by exercising suo motu powers. EC has not even heard federal government and metro corporation.

PML counsel said that election commission mandate is holding elections as per law.

AG told the court we have increased the number of union councils and have not changed the area.

Counsel for EC told the court our stance is elections are held as per schedule.

Raja Inam Minhas, petitioner from the side of voters told the court election commission presented the record pertaining to change in voters lists in the court. Voters of Golra are included in Rawat and voters of Rawat are included in Golra. When voters went to EC then it said that change cannot be made after announcement of election schedule.

The court remarked election commission should tell its final stance what it is.

DG EC told the court our stance is this that elections are held as per schedule.

The court announced reserved judgment after hearing the arguments of lawyers of respondents.