The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Tuesday that local government (LG) elections in the province of Sindh would be held on Jan 18 and on Jan 30 in Punjab.

Earlier, the ECP had cancelled its schedule for LG polls in Punjab and Sindh and convened a meeting to prepare a plan for holding the polls in January.

According to the earlier schedule which now stands cancelled, polls in Sindh and Punjab were to be held on Nov 27 and Dec 7.

The decision to cancel the schedule was taken after the Supreme Court accepted the commission's plea for postponement of the polls on account of lack of preparation by the provinces and other problems faced.

During a meeting of the ECP on Tuesday, chaired by Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, the commission presented its

new proposed schedule for LG polls to be held in Sindh and Punjab.

Under the new schedule issued by the commission, nomination papers would be

received on Dec 10 and 13.

The elections would be notified on Nov 19. Objections to the nomination papers would be received by Dec 14, whereas scrutiny of the nomination papers would take place from Dec 15 to 19.

Appeals against decisions of the Returning Officers (ROs) would be filed on Dec 20 and 21 and these would be disposed off from Dec 22 to 25.

The final list of candidates would be published on Dec 26.