Islamabad: While setting aside a lower court order, the Supreme Court has barred the local administration for carrying out delimitation of four Union Councils (UCs) in Rawalpindi.

Earlier, the high court had ordered delimitation of four UCs by the local administration, prompting the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to approach the apex court to nullify the lower court’s order.

A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Mian Saqib Nisar, while accepting the ECP plea remarked that carrying out delimitation was the job of the ECP rather than that of the local administration.

The court was told that the Lahore High Court has assigned the task of conducting delimitation of UCs to the local administration, while such powers rest only with the ECP. The ECP was already carrying out the delimitation before the high court ordered to halt it, the apex court was told.

The court while disposing of ECP petition remarked the powers for conducting delimitation rest with the poll body only. The Supreme Court also sent the petition to the LHC to decide the matter as soon as possible, after hearing objections of parties concerned and the matter should be disposed of till third week of November.

The court also directed registrar high court to write letter to chief justice for constitution of special bench to hear this case. If anyone has any objection he can approach high court, court ruled.