ISLAMABAD  - The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the provincial governments, Islamabad Capital Territory and the Election Commission of Pakistan that in compliance of its order hold Local Government elections soon.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, hearing the local bodies polls case asked the provinces and the ICT to implement the Article 140A of the constitution forthwith. "If the Article 140A is not enforced then the consequences would follow," the chief justice stated.

Article 140A (1) of the Constitution says; "Each Province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local governments." According to it's clause (2) Elections to the local governments shall be held by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The advocates general of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan informed the court that they have a provided new law pertaining to Local Government elections and also the delimitation laws to the Election Commission of Pakistan, and now the ECP has to give them the date for holding polls.

Khalid Javed Sindh, Advocate General, informed that the delimitation process started in the province on September 26 and would be completed in the first week of November. Acting AG Punjab Mustafa Ramday told that delimitation in the Punjab would be completed on November 4, 2013.

However, Latif Yousafzai, Advocate General Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa, told the court that the law for Local Government elections has been prepared and now it would be placed before the Provincial Assembly for legislation. He said: "The KPK government earnestly wishes to hold the LB polls in the province soon."

He said that they have already framed Conduct of the Local Government Elections 2013 and the Delimitation Law. The chief justice remarked what is the benefit of rules, when the LG election law has not been approved. He inquired from the AG KPK why had they done the rules and law for LB polls simultaneously?

Yousafzai informed that due to three blasts in Peshawar within a week have diverted the focus of provincial government. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that was the reason the court had said: "The earliest the LB system is installed the easiest it would be to control the blasts." He said that the KPK government was the first to hold the LB but now it lagged behind other provinces.

The chief justice asked from Yousafzia what is the guarantee that the provincial assembly would approve the law. He said that the court could not direct the assembly, adding the law could have been made through ordinance. The learned AG KPK said whatever the date the ECP would give them they would make the arrangements accordingly. The court expressed dissatisfaction over the KPK efforts to hold LB polls in the province.

Sher Afgan, Director General (Election) of ECP, told that they were in contact with the provincial government and on Thursday a meeting has been arranged with the chief secretaries of all the provinces and the representative of Printing Press of Pakistan.

The court also noticed that no progress has been made by the ICT as well. Directing the KPK government and the ICT administration to take measures for holding LB polls soon adjourned the case till October 7, 2013.