SHC seeks ECP comments on delimitations

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to file comments on a petition filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) challenging delimitations of district Korangi for upcoming local government elections.

Headed by Justice Irfan Saadat, SHC bench took up the petition filed by Mohammad Anwar Iqbal Nizami on behalf of his party, MQM. The petitioner stated that ECP has mixed up Wards of UC-2 and UC-6 into one another, causing difference of 23 thousand voters in the district. The petitioner stated in its petition that ECP had issued final list of delimitation on 28th July according to which UC-2 having a population of 40,402 people and UC-6 having population of 40,085 had been finalized.

But on 22nd August, ECP issued revised list which shows 31,119 people in UC-2, and 54,185 in UC-6. After the petitioner has also checked the maps of the relevant UCs, it is learnt that Ward No. 3 of UC-2 was included in UC-6 as Ward No.4 of UC-6 was inserted into UC-2.

Citing chief secretary Sindh, secretary local government, chief election commissioner, provincial election commissioner and delimitation authority as respondents, MQM requested the court to set aside the revised delimitations and restore the final list. The court was further requested to restrain ECP from conducting local government elections in the district Korangi on the basis of revised delimitations. Elections should be conducted on the basis of final list issued on 28th July 2015. After the initial hearing, the court issued notice to ECP to file its comments on 26th November.