ECP suspends local govt representatives ahead of elections


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday temporarily suspended services of heads of local government institutions as a measure to make elections free, fair and transparent.

The ECP said all the local government heads including mayors, deputy mayors, chairmen, vice chairmen and heads of cantonment boards will remain suspended till July 25, the poll day.

Apart from them, the election commission said, officials of metropolitan corporations, municipal corporations, municipal committees and union councils will also remain suspended.

The ECP has so far registered more than 105,955,407 voters including 59,224,262 males and 46,731,145 females for upcoming general elections.

According to the ECP’s official data, there are as many as 4,299,494 registered voters in Balochistan including 2,486,230 male and 1,813,264 female.

In Punjab the number of voters is 60,672,868 including, 33,679,992 male and 26,992,876 female.

While, in Sindh total voters are 22,391,244. After the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, total voters in the area are 17,826,453 including 10,213,733 male and 7612,720 female.

Whereas, in federal capital total voter are 765,348 including 407,463 male and 357,885 female. – NNI