The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday rejected the plea of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking four months time for preparation to hold local bodies elections.

The SC ruled that it was not possible to postpone the LB elections for three or four months as all petitions in this regard had already been disposed off on November 5, and declared the current petition as non-maintainable.

The polls are scheduled for November 27 in Sindh and December 07 in Punjab and Balochistan.

Earlier on Monday, the ECP had submitted a petition praying for four months time for holding of the LB elections, as some legal, administrative issues including the problem relating to printing of ballot papers were involved in the process which requires four months time and, therefore, suggested that the elections should be held in March 2014.

The commission, in its petition, had prayed that holding credible elections were not possible on the schedule it announced earlier.

The ECP said that since the printing of ballot papers was impossible within the short time and rules and regulations prepared by the provinces had flaws, therefore, the holding of LB polls was not possible.

The commission had also told the court that Punjab and Sindh provinces had not finalised the delimitations as yet.