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NA adopts resolution urging EC to fix new date for LG polls.

ISLAMABAD -- The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a second resolution seeking to postpone local bodies (LB) elections in the country and to fix a practical date for holding of Local Government Elections after putting in place all legal and administrative arrangements throughout the country.

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The resolution moved by Dr. Arif Alvi said the House is fully conscious of the imperative to hold local government elections in accordance with the Constitution.

The resolution states that holding LB polls in haste may be detrimental to democracy in the country and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should announce a new date for polls in accordance with the constitution.

It demands of the Election Commission to carry out its functions as stated in the constitution and hold elections in free, fair and transparent manner as soon as possible.

The March 2014 date has been excluded from the resolution and has been replaced with 'as soon as possible.'

According to the resolution, it is the responsibility of the ECP to conduct free and fair elections.

This was the second resolution approved by the National Assembly seeking more time for holding local bodies elections.

On November 7, a resolution calling to delay the LB polls was approved unanimously. The resolution contended that holding LB elections in haste would cast doubt on their legitimacy.

Earlier, speaking in the National Assembly, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq said that the government believes that conducting Local Bodies elections in haste could prove detrimental to the democratic process.

He said that the elections if conducted as per the present schedule will become controversial as the Election Commission is facing issues of printing of ballot papers and magnetize ink. He, however, admitted that it was our collective responsibility to ensure

timely conduct of Local Government Elections.

On a point of order Syed Khurshid Shah appealed to the Supreme Court to postpone Local government elections until March next to ensure for smooth, free, fair and transparent polls.
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Date:Nov 13, 2013
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