PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has withdrawn its demand for holding local bodies (LB) polls under biometric system.

Talking to a private TV channel, KP Minister for Local Bodies Inayatullah said the provincial government had written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) giving its consent for holding LB elections in April next year without biometric system. He said the provincial government had made all the arrangements for the polls. Inayatullah said the provincial government had completed plan for local government system and delimitation process. He said there was no hindrance from the KP government for holding the polls.

Before this, the PTI-led provincial government had been demanding LB polls under biometric system.

Last month, the minister had said, "We want elections under biometric system and for that purpose we are ready to transfer funds to the election commission."