Islamabad: Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Monday ordered Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to return security funds collected from candidates for local body (LB) polls which were to be held July 25.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja held the hearing of the Islamabad LB elections case.

The SC inquired about the progress on chalking out laws for holding LB polls in the capital and issuance of notification regarding the matter. Additional Attorney General said that the laws have been made.The authorities would consider reservations of the people before disclosing the laws, he added. After 15 days of the process, an official notification would be issued.

Justice Khawaja asked if the government does not appreciate local authorities governing at grass root level. The court instructed the authorities concerned to publish the laws on Law Ministry’s website. The Additional Attorney General said that the laws would be published on Interior Ministry’s website.

Petitioner, Zafar Ali Shah requested the court to order the ECP to return dues collected for July 25 elections as a security payment. He said that the ECP had collected millions of rupees from hundreds of candidates. Justice Khawaja remarked there being no need to keep funds when the elections were not taking held.

The hearing of the case has been adjourned until August 27.