ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday issued schedule for the first phase of local government elections in Punjab and Sindh which will take place on October 31, 2015.
In two notifications issued separately for Punjab and Sindh, the ECP said that nomination papers can be filed from September 7 to 11 while scrutiny of nominations papers would be held from September 12 to 17.
The ECP said that last date for filing of appeals against the decisions of the Returning Officers (ROs) regarding acceptance or rejection of the nomination papers would be September 22.
The tribunals would decide appeals by September 30 while last date for withdrawal of candidature would be October 1.
The Commission has already appointed the District Returning Officers (DROs), ROs and Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) for this purpose. The DROs, ROs and AROs have been asked by the ECP to fulfill their duties in accordance with the provision of law and rules and maintain neutrality and impartiality.
The ECP in its notification said that severe action will be taken against those ROs who fail to fulfill their responsibilities.