KARACHI - In contradiction with the announcement of Election Commission of Pakistan to hold LG polls on January 18 next year, the Sindh government has planned to go in confrontation with the ECP, unveiling to conduct polls in last week of March.

The ECP is going to hold a meeting with Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan governments in Islamabad on November 19 (today) to finalise the schedule and preparations for the LG polls according to the new dates proposed.

The chief secretaries and the local government secretaries of the three provincial governments will present their cases and share their preparations regarding the LG elections.

Sources told The Nation that Sindh government has decided to give the date of last week of March 2014 in ECP’s meeting today for local government elections in the province.

The Sindh government will not accept January 18 proposed by the ECP for the LG elections following the acceptance of review petition in the Supreme Court to delay the polls because the ECP itself as well as the provinces were not ready to go for the polls without preparations.

In this regard, Senior Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while talking to the media on Monday declared the Election Commission has announced the date of LG polls without consulting with the provinces so the Sindh government is not in a mood to go in the polls in haste.

Khuhro further said giving date for the polls was the sole prerogative of the provinces after the 18th amendment. 

Treasury and opposition parties in the Sindh Assembly have jointly proposed postponement of the local government polls for 90 days till March next year.

The Sindh government will also present the resolution passed by the provincial legislature unanimously in the meeting of the ECP today.

He said the Sindh government would present the proposal to hold the LG polls on the same day in all the four provinces. He rejected the demand of the PML-F and other opposition parties to hold the elections under judiciary.