election__reut-670
File photo

KARACHI, Jan 11: With the term of the Sindh Assembly set to end on March 16, the provincial election commission on Friday announced that by-elections on six vacant seats would be held on Feb 18.

The announcement was, however, at variance with a statement of the Chief Election Commissioner, retired Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, made last month in which he declared that the EC would not hold by-polls any more since less than 120 days were left in the completion of the term of the current assemblies.

The six provincial assembly seats, four in Karachi and two in the interior of Sindh, fell vacant after as many lawmakers, four belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and two from the Pakistan People’s Party, resigned instead of submitting affidavits to the election commission about dual nationality.

According to the schedule issued by the election commission, by-elections on six provincial assembly constituencies — PS-73 (Jamshoro), PS-84 (Thatta), PS-101, 103, 113 and 115 of Karachi — will be held on Feb 18.

Nomination papers for the vacant seats can be filed on Jan 20-21. Scrutiny will be held on Jan 26, appeals against acceptance/rejection of nomination papers can be filed on Jan 28. Nomination papers can be withdrawn by Jan 31 and the final list of candidates will be issued on Feb 1.

Interestingly, on the eve of Dec 4 by-polls in Naushahro Feroze, CEC Ebrahim had said that no by-election would be held on vacant national and provincial assembly seats because the assemblies must have at least 120 days of term in order to hold by-elections. “The current Sindh Assembly will complete its term on March 16,” said provincial Election Commissioner Mehboob Anwar on Friday. “So the assembly has at least 60 legitimate days to complete its term. The statistics allow us to hold by-elections in Sindh.”

More From This Section

SC has learnt to bolster democracy, says chief justice

Authority of SC may be extended to a number of areas from which it has historically maintained a distance, said CJ.

Quetta violence claims at least four lives

Armed militants killed a police officer and critically injured his son on Quetta's troubled Sariab road area.

Musharraf likely to travel to Karachi today

Sources said Musharraf's likely visit to Karachi is on account of security issues and to continue of his treatment.

Nation standing firm beside armed forces: PM

The prime minister was addressing the passing out parade of the 129th Pakistan Military Academy Long Course on Saturday.


Comments are closed.

Comments (3)

Asad Khan
January 12, 2013 6:04 am
Is this some sort of a joke? Has the election commission totally lost it. Will the world come to an end if these 6 seats stay vacant for a few weeks?
Mansoor Sajid
January 12, 2013 7:53 am
Does it make any sense to spend public money on these by-elections when their tenure would automatically come to an end within weeks. Why CEC has reneged on his promise not to hold by-election falling due within 120 days from the next election
Adnan A
January 12, 2013 2:38 pm
It seems like plan is being to delay the elections for good.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Poll
From The Newspaper
Tweets