No funds provided for polls, ECP tells apex court

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has submitted a report to the Supreme Court, saying it has not yet received any funds against the Rs21 billion required to conduct elections to the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.

Though full contents of the fresh report are not known, the two-page reply has explained the latest situation about the unavailability of funds to the commission.

Earlier on April 18, the commission took the plea before the court that staggering of polls by holding them for Punjab and KP assemblies was not feasible since it would incur significantly more expenses compared to holding the exercise on one day.

That report was filed in line with the court’s April 14 directions, in which the commission had taken the view that an already depleted security apparatus would require weeks in advance for its movement.