Islamabad - A petition challenging the process of demarcation in Islamabad for local government (LG) election has been filed in Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday.

Five petitioners including Muhammad Saleem, Asad Mehmood, Haji Mehmood and two others filed the petition through their counsel Raja Aleem Khan Abbasi and nominated Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), chief election commissioner/ delimitation officer ICT Islamabad, federation of Pakistan through secretary interior and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration through chief commissioner as respondents.

They adopted in the petition that recently the federal government and the ECP have initiated election process in Islamabad for the local governments without any legal and constitutional mandate and these actions of the respondents have undermined the entire election process and faith of residents in the democracy at grassroots level.

The petitioners added that in a strange move, in anticipation of approval of the bill for Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act 2015, the ministry of interior vide the notification dated 27-4-2015 has demarcated and declared the local governments in Islamabad as metropolitan corporation and 79 union councils for the entire ICT.

“Although a sustainable local government system is the real essence of democracy, yet the process initiated for conduct of the elections in the ICT by the federal government as well as the delimitation proceedings initiated by the ECP have been undertaken without necessary constitutional amendments and thereafter promulgation of a valid ICT local government law are illegal and unconstitutional,” maintained the counsel for the petitioners.