ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday announced the schedule for local government elections in 43 cantonment boards across the country.
In the scheduled issued by the ECO for the elections, it was stated that nomination papers will be received by the returning officers from March 29 to 31.
The scrutiny of nomination papers will be conducted from April 2 to 4 while appeals against acceptance or rejection of nomination papers will be received by April 6.
The local government elections in the cantonment areas will take place on April 25 after a gap of 26 years.
The last local government polls in cantonment areas were held in 1998 when the number of the boards in the country was less than 35.
The boards were suspended during General Pervez Musharraf’s regime which temporarily formed three-member boards in cantonments to run their affairs.
A sitting station commander (serving brigadier) was the head of the board and another army officer (assistant adjutant and quartermaster general) and a civilian were its members.
President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated an ordinance on March 6 which empowered the ECP to conduct elections of civilian members of the boards in place of military authorities.
According to the ordinance, executive officers in all cantonments will perform the duty of returning officers (ROs).