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ECP postpones native physique polls in Karachi, Hyderabad scheduled for Sunday

Voters forged their poll at a polling station throughout the by-election in Punjab province meeting seat in Lahore on July 17, 2022. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD:  The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) Wednesday determined to postpone the second section of the native physique elections in Sindh, scheduled to happen on Sunday, July 24.

Confirming the information, the spokesperson mentioned the elections will now happen on August 18.

Earlier, sources aware about the event — on the situation of anonymity — advised Geo Information that an ECP assembly, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja, had determined to postpone the second section of the native physique polls after it acquired requests from the MQM-P, GDA, chief secretary Sindh, and provincial election commissioner.

Later, a press launch issued by the ECP confirmed that that CEC Raja had chaired a gathering the place they reviewed the completely different purposes they’d acquired for the postponement of the second section of the native physique elections and NA-245 by-polls. The purposes had requested that the polls be held after Muharram.

The assembly additionally reviewed the stories submitted by the Met Workplace and provincial election commissioner. The Met Workplace had knowledgeable the ECP of its rain forecast in its report.

Alternatively, the provincial election commissioner in his report had requested the ECP to postpone the polls as a result of difficulties being confronted in conducting the polls due to harm accomplished by the final rains. He had additionally said that the voters might face problem in casting their ballots as a result of rains forecast on the election dates.

“This choice has been taken based mostly on the report submitted by provincial election commissioner Sindh, requests of the folks and report submitted by the Met Workplace,” mentioned the spokesperson on the postponement.

NA-245 polls additionally postponed

The ECP additionally introduced that it has postponed the NA-245 by-polls, which have been to happen on July 27, for a similar causes. The by-polls will now happen on August 21.

The second section of the native authorities polls was to happen within the 16 districts of Karachi and Hyderabad division on July 24.

There are seven districts within the Karachi division — East, West, South, Central, Malir, Korangi and Keamari — and 9 districts within the Hyderabad division, which embrace districts Hyderabad, Tando Mohammad Khan, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Badin, Dadu, Jamshoro, Thatta and Sujawal.

The by-polls on the NA-245 have been scheduled to happen on July 27 because the seat had fallen vacant after the demise of PTI MNA Aamir Liaquat Hussain.

The 50-year-old televangelist handed away on June 9.

Karachi to see one other monsoon spell

Earlier immediately, the Met Workplace had mentioned in a press release that numerous areas of Sindh, together with Karachi, will see one other spell of heavy rains .

In line with chief meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz, the third monsoon system will penetrate elements of the nation from immediately (Wednesday). The sturdy system might have an effect on Sindh from July 23 to 26, with heavy rains doubtless in Karachi from July 24 to 26.

The chief meteorologist said that moist winds from the Bay of Bengal are strengthening the monsoon system, and moisture coming from the Arabian Sea will help it.

The Met division has forecast heavy rains within the first section of monsoon till August 15.

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