LCA members addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club. - Photo by Arshad Khan

PESHAWAR, 24 November: The Local Councillors Association (LCA), a body of the newly elected councillors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has rejected the Rules of Business for the local government system introduced by the provincial government.

Addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Monday, the LCA members said the KP government instead of empowering the local government representatives has given all powers to commissioners and deputy commissioners which is against the Constitution. They said the elected councillors will be compelled to launch a province-wide protest movement if the Rules of Business were not changed till 20 December.

Israrullah Advocate, general secretary of the LCA, said it was astonishing that deputy commissioner will head the district development committee and even the district nazim is not included in that committee. He claimed that all the councillors including women and minorities councillors will join the protest.

A councillor told TNN that he will not recognise such Rules of Business which have taken away all the powers from the elected councillors, nazims and naib nazims.

Another local government representative said they are protesting because the elected councillors have not been given any powers. “How will we serve the masses when we don’t have any powers? How people will make us accountable when all the powers rest with the commissioner,” he said.

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