SHC directs ECP to revise delimitations


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to revise the decimations of the constituencies for the local government elections within 24 hours according to its earlier verdict of 18th September and not to delay the election process.

SHC bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat court gave its verdict on several petitions filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM and others challenging new delimitation in the province carried out by provincial government.

The Court on 18th September had annulled delimitations made by Sindh government and reversed urban and rural areas to their original positions and directed ECP to revise the constituencies. But soon after the ECP changed the decimations, it was challenged by the Sindh government.

The court directed ECP to revise the decimations of the constituencies as per its verdict of 18th September for the local government elections in such a manner that election should not be delayed.

The court order stated that all revised lists issued by ECP which are in violation of its order dated 18th September are declared to be no legal effect. The court’s order also went on to say that any other kind of grievance regarding the delimitation of the constituencies, the petitioners are directed to adopt legal procedure available to them under law, after the election in accordance with law.