MQM moves ECP to delay Sindh LG Polls

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) on Friday has written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to postpone the second phase of the Sindh local government elections.
In a letter to ECP, MQM wrote that COVID cases are surging in several constituencies and the delimitation in Sindh is also not legally accurate.
“The second phase of Sindh LG polls should be postponed till the final voter’s lists and drop in Covid cases,” the letter further stated.
Thursday, against the backdrop of fingers being pointed at the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over alleged lack of transparency in the first phase of local government elections in the 14 districts of Sindh, senior leadership of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) was called on Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja—in what appeared to be a bid on part of the electoral body’s top management to allay the concerns of the political party over election-related issues in Sindh.
The MQM-P delegation led by Convenor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui met the CEC on the latter’s invitation.
The CEC had assured the visiting delegates that their concerns regarding recently held LG elections, delimitation of constituencies and voter lists in Sindh would be duly looked into.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Siddiqui, the MQM-P’s Convenor, said, “Other than governorship, the MQM-P’s political freedom is also stalled.” –Agencies