Friday, April 15, 2022
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Thursday announced the schedule for the first phase of local government elections in Punjab, The News reported.
According to the ECP, the first phase will cover 17 districts of Attock, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Sialkot, Khushab, Chiniot, Toba Tek Singh, Sahiwal, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Khanewal, Vehari, Bahawalpur, Rajanpur, Pakpattan and Dera Ghazi Khan due on June 9.
Polling hours will be observed from 8am to 5pm, while results will be announced on June 14.
The following is the schedule of the polls:
|Public notice inviting nomination papers to be issued to returning officers (RO)
|Filing of nomination papers with ROs by candidates
|Publication of names of nominated candidates
|April 27- May 9
|Scrutiny of nomination papers by ROs
|Filing of appeals against the decision of ROs
|Deciding of appeals by the appellate authority
|Publication of first revised list of candidates
|Last date for withdrawal and publication of second revised candidate list
|Allotment of symbols to contesting candidates
|Consolidation of results
In an official notification, the ECP barred executive authorities in the federation and the provinces from using state resources in local government elections calculated to influence the election in favour of a particular candidate.
“If any person in government service misuses his official position in any manner in order to influence results of the election, they shall be liable to proceed against under the law,” the statement read.
Moreover, the election commission also barred transfers and postings of government officers or granted them leaves in divisions for which the election schedule had been issued without the commission's prior approval.
Meanwhile, barring Quetta and Lasbela, local bodies elections are being held in 32 districts of Balochistan. There are 838 union councils in 32 districts of Balochistan. The number of rural wards is 5,345. The number of urban/rural wards in 32 districts of Balochistan is 914. There are seven municipal corporations and 49 municipal committees, while polling will be conducted on May 29.