PML-Q decides to boycott upcoming LB polls


Karachi: Terming the whole local bodies elections process as a Topi Drama, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) became the first party boycotting upcoming the polls in Sindh. Addressing a press conference on Thursday at Karachi Press Club, Haleem Adil Sheikh, President PML-Q Sindh, said that fruits of democracy could not reach to the people without establishing local governments but it would not be good to form local governments under controversial law.

“It seems that the election is being conducted only over force of someone that is why it faces protest from all sides as different stakeholders have separate objections on it, so the election would further deteriorate the situation rather than providing any benefit to masses and that is why we have decided to keep ourselves away from the election drama’” he said.

Sheikh further said that the new LG system was so complicated that even election commission was struggling to understand it, adding that conducting those elections would bring only disrepute to the commission.

He said that for holding free and legal elections, it was mandatory to conduct prior transparent census. “We demand of the government to conduct fair census forthwith, form electoral constituencies based on it and then hold elections” he added.

To a question, he said boycotting the polls was not a political mistake but they had taken it after fully deliberating over it and reaching the conclusion that its result would be only anarchy.

He claimed that the provincial government had already prepared the results of the elections and 18th January polls would be only a formality.

General Secretary PML-Q Sindh Raees Sarwar Siyal, Jaffer-ul-Hasan, Agha Rafiullah and Fareeda Laghari were also present on the occasion.

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