ISLAMABAD (9Newshd): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that under existing local government law, the local bodies’ elections could not be conducted in Punjab.
The Punjab Local Government Act 2019 was passed by the provincial legislature in May this year.
According to sources, the ECP in its objections said that several clauses of the new local council’s law of Punjab were in contravention to the Representation of People’s Act 2017, highlighting the need to re-tune the provincial law in accordance with the election act.
“There are ambiguities about the delimitation of constituencies, voters lists and the election procedure in the provincial law,” sources said.
The Punjab Local Government Act was also silent about the procedure for the conduct of the election, sources further said.
The local councils’ act demands separate voters’ lists for Muslim and non-Muslim voters, while the election act of Pakistan urges a single list for all voters.
The provincial local bodies law doesn’t declare the Neighborhood Council or Panchayat a local council entity but a separate act has been passed for it, the election commission said.
According to the sources, the ECP said that only elections of those entities could be conducted, which are described in Punjab local councils’ law.
The election commission has advised the government to add the Neighborhood Council into the municipal law.