KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the decision of the Sindh High Court pertaining to delimitation of constituencies and rejected an application filed by the Sindh government in this regard, DawnNews reported.
In its short order, the court said all preparation for local government elections should be completed within five months’ time and that the schedule for holding the polls should be announced in November.
The court added that the absence of municipal polls for the past five years was compounding the problems faced by the public.
The order stated that delimitation of constituencies and holding elections was the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
On Jan 4, the Sindh government had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry against a ruling of the SHC that had declared unlawful the delimitation carried out before the still pending local government polls in the province.
Advocate General Sindh Khalid Jawed Khan had filed the petition on behalf of the provincial government, challenging the high court’s judgment of Dec 2013.
He had said that the SHC had no lawful authority or jurisdiction to pass an order regarding the local government elections which had been scheduled for Jan 18 this year through a ruling issued by the Supreme Court.