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Punjab LG polls: ECP issues schedule for first phase of elections

First phase will cover 17 districts, elections to be held on June 9 from 8am to 5pm

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). — Radio Pakistan/File
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). — Radio Pakistan/File

  • First phase will cover 17 districts of Punjab.
  • Elections will be held on June 9 from 8am to 5pm.
  • Results will be announced on June 14.


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:

DateActivity
April 18
Public notice inviting nomination papers to be issued to returning officers (RO)
April 21-25
Filing of nomination papers with ROs by candidates
April 26
Publication of names of nominated candidates
April 27- May 9
Scrutiny of nomination papers by ROs
May 10-12
Filing of appeals against the decision of ROs
May 14
Deciding of appeals by the appellate authority
May 16
Publication of first revised list of candidates
May 19
Last date for withdrawal and publication of second revised candidate list
May 20
Allotment of symbols to contesting candidates
June 9
Polling day
June 14
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.

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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.