LAHORE: The Punjab government has requested the Election Commission to postpone the local government election in the province in the wake of flash floods.
The Chief Secretary of Punjab is said to have sent an application, praying for at least 30-day delay in the local bodies election that was to be held on September 30.
Sources said Punjab has told the Election Commission that district administrations and other institutions are busy in relief work during the floods.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan had ordered Punjab and Sindh to hold the local government election till September 30.
Later on, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed that the Punjab government had filed an application with the Supreme Court, seeking one-month delay in the election.
Speaking to media, he said the provincial government was ready to hold the election for which it had made all the preparations. “If Supreme Court allows, the election would be held in October,” said he.
He said the Election Commission had filed an application with the Supreme Court of Pakistan over the local bodies election, adding that the top court’s decisions must be implemented.
Commenting on Imran Khan’s reaction over judicial commission report, the minister said the PTI chairman was violating the agreement reached between his party and the federal government.
He said Sheikh Rashid and Chaudhry brothers (Shujaat Hussain and Pervez Elahi) had played a role of tout during PTI sit-in last year.