ECP to ask Punjab, KP about delay in local govt rules
The PTI had come into the power with a promise of introducing a strong local government system but its governments at the Centre and in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are completely ignoring the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Meanwhile, it is the federal government which is causing the delay in demarcation processes as the province does have the official notification about the 2017 census results despite the ECP’s directives in this regard.
This situation is quite a U-turn as Prime Minister Imran Khan has been repeatedly listing local government system as a basic requirement to ensure development for the people by transferring powers to the grass-root level.
However, it is believed that the PTI wants to delay the elections as it is not sure of complete control over the local government setup in Punjab if elections are held amid the current state of affairs.
In fact, the PTI is facing severe criticism for removing the local governments in the province dominated by the PML-N, which were considered most active and powerful in the country.
The ECP directed the Punjab government’s related committee on August 5 to fix suitable dates for holding upper-tier elections for village and neighbourhood councils but no appropriate response has so far been received despite repeated reminders.