ECP seeks Rs 6.5b for holding LB polls


The Election Commission of Pakistan has sought Rs 6.5 billion from the Finance Ministry to hold local bodies’ elections in the country.

Sources said the ECP had asked the finance secretary to attend its meeting to be held on October 29.

Though the ECP demanded Rs 6.5 billion, the sources said the elections might cost Rs 10 billion.

Meanwhile, the ECP said the schedule for local bodies’ elections would be issued on November 5.

It decided this in a meeting held under Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tasadduq Hussain on Monday.

The ECP directed the provinces to finalise arrangements for the elections.

The elections in Sindh will be held on November 27‚ while Punjab and Balochistan had agreed to conduct the elections on December 7.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the IslamabadCapitalTerritory have not given any date for the polls so far.