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Mayor of Karachi to be selected by secretive poll

ISLAMABAD: On Friday, the Supreme Court ordered appointments for the posts of Karachi Mayor and Deputy Mayor to be held through a secret poll rather than a show of hands within 60 days.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was hearing an appeal boarded by the Sindh government alongside numerous petitioners.

The court perceived that a previous alteration to the Sindh Local Government Act, 2013, necessitating a show of hands for election of the top-most posts had “no legal effect” as the change was made after the election agenda had already been proclaimed in August last year.

The order said even though the government had the right to “legislate law to hold such elections either through a show of hands or by means of secret ballot”, in this case the amendment to the legislation was made “after announcement of the election schedule.”

The SC ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to safeguard conclusion of the election process of local government in Sindh for the aforesaid offices and aloof seats within 60 days.