Punjab, Sindh given Oct 30 deadline for LG Bill

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Punjab and Sindh governments to complete their legislative process regarding Local Government (LG) Election till October, 30.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk comprising Justice Ameer Haani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Chaudhry also accepted KPK plea which sought one month time for preliminary preparations for conducting LG elections in its province while hearing a suo-moto case regarding LG elections in the country.

During the course of proceedings, the Attorney General (AG) Salman Aslam Butt informed the Bench that federal government had issued two ordinances one was regarding delimitation of constituencies and another was preparation of voter lists.

He said that prerogative of delimitation of electoral districts and voting areas would be transferred from provincial government to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to enable it to carry out delimitation work for local body elections.

Razzaq A Mirza, counsel for Punjab government apprised the apex court that amendment bill for LG elections had been prepared which would be presented before the assembly on October, 20.

Meanwhile, Mir Qasim counsel for Sindh also informed the bench that Sindh Local Government Amendment Bill 2014 had been prepared and would be tabled in the Sindh Assembly session on the same day.

He said that amendment made to the Sindh Local Government Bill, name of Union Council- the basic unit of the local government election- had been changed to Union Committee.

Akram Sheikh, counsel for ECP pleaded in a separate application that after getting power to carry out delimitation, ECP needed at least six month time to complete the whole process and then would be able to conduct elections.

The bench remarked that after completion of legislation process, the apex court could consider this application and directed Punjab and Sindh governments to complete legislation process by October 30 and adjourned the case till then.

Source: APP