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Initial voter lists put on display at 100 offices

Initial voter lists put on display at 100 offices

KARACHI: With the display of initial voter lists at the offices of assistant registration officers, the preparations for holding local bodies elections in Sindh on Sept 20 entered their second phase on Tuesday.

These lists, according to the election commission, comprise 1.4 million newly eligible voters who have got their computerised national identity cards. The newly enlisted voters could verify their names till July 27 and if there is any anomaly could get it rectified by submitting the form available with the AROs while those already enlisted in the voter lists could get changed their residential address, verify their entry through sending text messages with their ID card numbers to ‘8300’.

Know more: SC issues final schedule of local bodies elections

In Karachi division, the initial lists were on display at 100 offices of the AROs while in the whole province the lists were displayed at about 300 such places.

In reply to a question, the election commissioner of Sindh, Tanvir Zaki, told Dawn that the election schedule would be announced by the Pakistan Election Commission soon after finalisation of local bodies constituencies, which would be finalised by July 28.

When asked if the elections would be conducted across the province the same day, he said the decision in that regard would be taken by the Supreme Court, where the election commission had filed an appeal about it. The election commission and the Sindh government have already made their submission for holding the elections in more than one phase in view of the experience of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where many precious lives were lost in poll-related violence.

He said it was probable that after the Eid holidays when the offices would resume work the apex court would announce its decision.

Sindh Local Bodies Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon is on record having said that the Sindh government is prepared to go to the polls as soon as the election commission announces its schedule after finalising appeals against the delimitation of constituencies.

When asked if the Pakistan Peoples Party had finalised its strategy to contest local bodies elections in Karachi, and whether it would do so in alliance with like-minded parties or contest on its own, the minister said this would be a policy decision and would be taken by the party high command.

The Supreme Court three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja, while accepting the local government poll scheduled asked the election commission to submit a progress report on every stage of the LG polls for perusal in the chamber. The bench also warned that any deviation from the schedule would have serious consequences.

The court had taken up the issue of implementation of its March 19, 2014 judgement which vested the ECP with the authority to carry out delimitation of wards and hold the LB elections.

Published in Dawn, July 22th, 2015

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