ISLAMABAD  - The conduct of the local government elections on the dates prescribed by the provinces has come under dark clouds after Pakistan's two leading printing presses have expressed their inability to print over 510 million ballot papers that are to be used in the local government elections.

The Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) has expressed inability to print over 510 million ballot papers to be used in the local government elections in a limited time period.

During a meeting with the senior officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday the PCP representatives cited the pendency of the thousands passports and millions of currency notes to contend that the exercise of printing ballot papers required at least three months.

Secretary ECP Ishtiak Ahmad Khan, Director General (Elections) Syed Sher Afgan and Additional DG (Public Relations) Iftikhar Raja, were in the meeting.

Reportedly, the officials of Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (PSPC) that were also present in the meeting, seconded the PCP's contention.

Sindh has approached the ECP asking it to hold LG elections in the province on November 7 while Punjab and Balochistan have given the dates of December 7 for LG polls. The Supreme Court has ordered the ECP to hold polls on the dates prescribed by provinces. But the gigantic exercise of LG polls preparations in just a few days seems impossible.