KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed deputy commissioners of Nawabshah and Tando Allahyar to revisit delimitations proposed by them of the two cities for local governments’ elections.
A division bench of SHC, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar gave this direction while hearing two separate petitions challenging the delimitation proposals of two cities – Nawabshah and Tando Alhyar for the local government elections.
The petitioners submitted that the delimitation process is to be carried out by the Election Commission of Pakistan only, and not by the deputy commissioners who have been appointed delimitation officers.
They alleged that delimitation of municipal committees of two cities had been carried out by provincial functionaries for local government elections in complete disregard to local government laws in order to influence the local government elections.
The petitioners, Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Farooq and others voters registered in Nawabshah city told the two-judge bench that deputy commissioner of the city illegally and malafidely carried out the delimitation of municipal committee of Nawabshah under the influence of a specific party. They said that rural areas were moved in Nawabshah municipal committee. Besides, deputy commissioner proposed 44 wards in the city unjustly to favor one political party.
Haq Nawaz and Abdul Karim, voters from Tando Allahyar submitted that deputy commissioner has inducted the rural areas in municipal committee of Tando Allahyar. They said that DC had proposed 25 wards in the city, which was also unjust and malafide action of provincial authorities for political gains.
The petitioners pleaded the court to declare the delimitation of municipal committees illegal and order the provincial authorities to carry out fresh delimitation as per laws.
The court while disposing off the petition directed deputy commissioners of Nawabshah and Tando Allahyar hear the public objections to delimitation proposals and submit report in the court.