PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday has given the deadline of October 22 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to notify the amended local government act.
Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Mohammad Raza issued the order while hearing a case related to the organisation of local bodies elections in KP. During the hearing, KP governments’ lawyer said that the demarcation of the city and tehsil councils was not yet completed therefore; the notification has not yet been issued.
Chief Election Commissioner said that from day first this was the only job that the KP government has to do but so far, no progress has been made. “If KP government does not have officials to carry out the work, we’ll send the people to complete the task,” Chief Election Commissioner remarked.
The KP government’s lawyer, however, defended the government and said that KP is facing many problems after the 18th constitutional Amendment. CEC replied that 18th Amendment has resolved problems of the province, but, maybe that after the 18th Amendment, the provincial government work has increased.
The KP government lawyers said that the allocation of general and special seats is also possible only after the delimitation and the services of Pak- Army will be needed to hold LG election in Tribal districts. Chief Election Commissioner said that it is the duty of ECP to hold election there as they have recently organizes a successful election in Tribal belt the government should only complete procedures under the new act and notify it.
After hearing the arguments, the Election Commission gave the KP government October 22 to issue notification of the amendment to the LG act.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on April 19 approved an amended version of the Local Government Act, 2013, to bring about two-tier local body system after eliminating district councils and Nazim’s post, however, the changes have not yet been notified to ECP to organize an election in the province.