ISLAMABAD - Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Thursday assured the Supreme Court that the schedule for Local Government elections in the federal capital would be announced today (Friday).

Additional Attorney General Amir Rehman, appearing before a three-member bench, informed that the rules for Local Bodies polls in Islamabad have been framed and notified on August 20.

Director General (Legal) ECP Muhammad Arshad told the bench: “We will issue the schedule today (Friday).” However, he could not provide the specific date of polling. He said that the matter would be placed before the members of the Election Commission and they would finalise the polling date.

Justice Dost Muhammad said the Local Bodies would empower people to resolve their problems at the local level. Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, heading the bench, said everyone could not come to Islamabad to meet their representatives from far-flung areas. Justice Dost said if the LG elections in Islamabad are held then it would help control big fish in Capital Development Authorities. The hearing was adjourned for 40 days.

The Local Government elections in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) slated to be held on July 25, 2015, but were adjourned as the parliament has not approved the bill. The polls will be held in 79 Union Councils (UC) while there will be 13 seats for each UC.

The last LB polls in Islamabad were held in 1992.