The Elections Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday said that long-delayed local bodies elections in Punjab to take place in April next year.
The decision was made during a meeting presided over by Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC) Sultan Sikandar Raja. The electoral authority needed to redefine the constituencies for a third time, according to the briefing given to the gathering.
To hold the polls as soon as possible, the ECP has instructed the Punjab government to furnish a revised version of the local body election regulations, union councils, and maps.
The chief election commissioner declared that it would organize LG elections using its constitutional authority if the laws are changed once more.
According to the commission, the provincial government is accountable for the delay in the LG elections because it frequently amends the rules.
Earlier this year, when the PML-N briefly held power in Punjab, it substituted the PTI’s local body’s laws with its version.
The PTI acquired control of the province after the former chief minister Hamza Shahbaz-led administration was overthrown and they overturned the PML-N’s version of LG elections.
The most recent Punjab Local Government Act 2022 stipulates that district councils and mayors of metropolitan corporations shall be elected directly in each divisional headquarters.