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ECP Issues Reminder to Caretaker Punjab Government Regarding Its Boundaries

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ECP’s Boundary, Enforces a Prohibition on Granting NOCs to New Housing Developments.

LAHORE: ECP’s Boundary, The electoral oversight body has implemented a prohibition on the issuance of no-objection certificates (NOCs) to newly established housing societies.

ECP Instructs Punjab Caretaker Government to Halt NOC Issuance for New Housing Societies

The Election Commission of Pakistan ECP’s Boundary has communicated to the Interim Chief Minister of Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, regarding the issuance of no-objection certificates (NOCs) for new housing societies across various regions in the province. The ECP emphasized that the caretaker government does not have the authority to enact NOCs or policies, as policy-making falls within the domain of an elected administration, not an interim arrangement. Further, The ECP anticipates the caretaker government will adhere to its constitutional and legal responsibilities. Refraining from making policy decisions without proper commission approval. Moreover, except in cases of emergencies that warrant preparing and obtaining commission sanction.

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ECP Advises Caretaker Government to Adhere to Guidelines and Focus on Routine Operations

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has requested the caretaker government to strictly adhere. To the directives outlined by the commission, concentrating solely on routine administrative activities. Following the dissolution of provincial legislatures by the PTI-led governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) provinces in mid-January. Caretaker governments were established with the intention of pressuring the outgoing federal government to declare snap elections.

Controversy Surrounds Duration and Funding of Caretaker Government Amid Legal and Political Debates

Although the constitutional tenure of the caretaker government was scheduled to conclude in mid-April. The PML-N federal government neglected to provide the required funds to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). For conducting elections in both provinces, defying a directive from the Supreme Court. This situation has led to a dispute over the legitimacy of the two caretaker administrations. With certain legal scholars and the PTI raising concerns and labeling them as unlawful.

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