IHC dismissed petitions against delimitation in capital


The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday dismissed several identical petitions against the delimitation of constituencies of Union Councils for Local Government (LG) elections in the Capital city.

A division bench comprising Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi and Justice Aamer Farooq heard the petitions filed by deferent petitions challenging the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act, 2015, the delimitation and other lacunas related to LG polls.

In PTI’s petition, the additional central organiser, Saifullah Sarwar Khan has requested the court to set aside the delimitation orders from October 10, claiming it was against the law and to issue directions for conducting fresh delimitation of union councils in the capital.

Several petitioners raised objection that ECP was not authorized to complete delimitation on the basis of area and it should have been done on the basis of population.

Earlier counsel for Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) SA Mahmood Khan Sadozai apprised the bench that all the legal requirements were fulfilled for conducting local bodies elections in the federal capital.

The ECP counsel maintained that the process of delimitation was completed while keeping voters lists in view rather than on the basis of total population of the capital. He added that two union councils have been created for every sector which is stretched over two-kilometer area.

After hearing the arguments at length the bench reserved the decision which was announced later while dismissing about sixteen identical petitions.