PESHAWAR, November 8: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has agreed to hold the local government elections without the biometric system.

At a meeting yesterday, the Election Commission officials said the installation of the biometric system in the province needed more than 1.5 billion rupees and that it was impossible to hold the elections before November next year if the biometric system is must.

The Election Commission had also decided to approach the Supreme Court of Pakistan over the issue. However, the provincial government later informed the commission that it was ready to withdraw the demand of using biometric system for the local government polls.

The Minister for Local Government, Me Inayatullah, says the government did not like to delay the LG elections beyond March next year  and that they would ask the Election Commission to hold the polls through the ballot papers soon.

Previously the Election Commission had decided to conduct the local government elections in Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan districts through the biometric system before March.

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