POs get FCM powers


KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday notified that in pursuance of provisions of Article 218 (3) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan read with sub rule (1&2) of Rule 33 of Sindh Local Councils (Election) Rules, 2015 and all other powers enabling in that behalf, the Election Commission has authorized the Presiding Officers appointed for each polling station for the conduct of 1st phase of local government elections in Sindh province scheduled to be held on 31.10.2015 to exercise powers of First Class Magistrate under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898) from 30th October 2015 to 1st November, 2015 in respect of the offences punishable under Section 56 to 67 of the Sindh Local Government Act, 2013.

According to the notification, these offences shall be tried in a summary way in accordance with the provisions of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 in terms of Section 59 of the Sindh Local Government Act, 2013.