ISLAMABAD - Over a dozen cases challenging procrastination in Local Government elections, filed under Article 199 of the Constitution, have been pending with higher courts of the country since long, but the provincial governments dont seem to be serious in holding of the LG elections at some early date. Expressing grave concerns over the undue delay in taking up of these cases and terming it a clear violation of the National Judicial Policy, the legal and constitutional experts said that under the National Judicial Policy writ petitions filed under Article 199 of the Constitution should be fixed for the initial hearing (Katchi Peshi) on the next day of institution of the writ and be disposed of as quickly as possible. The petitioners say that they have been awaiting judgments on their cases for the last many months but not even an initial hearing of these cases was fixed. Delay in holding of local government polls is not only the violation of Article 140-A of the Constitution but is also against the democratic norms, they added. A petition seeking withdrawal of judicial powers entrusted to executive officers and another challenging the efforts of provinces to repeal their respective Local Government Ordinances 2001 had been filed by former NRB Chairman Daniyal Aziz in the Supreme Court on July 22 and 24, 2009 respectively. However, no date has been fixed so far. An identical petition challenging the vires of Regulation 7 of Nizam-e-Adl Regulation Malakand entrusting judicial function upon executive officers had been filed in Peshawar High Court on November 10, 2009 by ex-Zila Nazim Haripur Yousaf Ayub. The court on November 11 directed the respondents to file a report on the alleged violation of constitutional provisions as well as dictum of Supreme Court within a fortnight but the same has not been submitted so far. Later, the case was fixed before the court on March 11, 2010 but the hearing was adjourned and the next date is still awaited. Two petitions, one seeking orders of the Chief Election Commissioner to hold LG polls and another challenging the appointment of administrators were filed in Peshawar High Court in February by Ex Zila Nazim Haripur Yousaf Ayub and others. On the first hearing on March 11, the court issued notices to officials concerned but nothing happened next. Another petition challenging the appointment of administrators in districts and setting up of provincial election authority as being ultra virus was filed in Lahore High Court on March 3, 2010 by Asghar Shah Gilani. The court ordered on March 9 for re-fixing the case along with an identical case filed by Mr Zafar Chohan. So far not even a single hearing was conducted in the case. A similar petition challenging appointment of administrators and postponement of local government elections for one year was filed in Balochistan High Court in February by former Quetta Zila Nazim Maqbool Lehri. On its first hearing on March 15, the court directed the respondents to file para-wise comments by March 24 to fix the case for hearing but it is still pending. Two identical petitions challenging the formation of divisions in the Punjab were filed in Lahore High Court by former Attock Zila Nazim Major (Retd) Tahir Sadiq and Chaudhry Zaheeruddin but no proceedings held except the court issued notices to respondents. A similar case, terming the formation of division in NWFP in violation of Article 140 of the Constitution, was filed in the Peshawar High Court in March 2010 by Ex-Zila Nazim Abbottabad Sardar Haider Zaman. On March 11, the court directed the respondents to file para-wise comments within 20days but nothing happened till now.