LG Polls: Federal govt expresses inability to print ballot papers

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The federal government on Thursday expressed its inability to print out ballot papers for the upcoming local government elections.

The Election Commission of Pakistan had sent a request to the Cabinet Division to arrange the printing of 410 million ballot papers.

Secretary Cabinet Division said that it is not possible for the government to print such a huge number of ballot papers within the stipulated time.

The development casts doubt over the holding of local government elections on the dates announced by the Election Commission yesterday.

The ECP had announced that local bodies’ polls will be held on November 27 and December 7 in Sindh and Punjab, respectively.

According to the schedule‚ nomination papers would be received on 11th and 12th of this month.

Objections against nomination papers can be filed on 13th while scrutiny would take place from 16th to 18th of this month.

Appeals against objections to nomination papers can be filed on 19th and 20th and these would be disposed of by 23rd. Nominations paper can be withdrawn by 24th of this month.

Final list of candidates is scheduled to be notified on 25th of this month.