Pakistan - Local Bodies Elections In Punjab

Local body elections in Punjab, Pakistan, were scheduled to be held in phases. However, the exact dates and details of these elections may have changed since then. Local body elections are typically conducted to elect representatives at the grassroots level, including union council members, chairpersons, and vice-chairpersons. The local body system in Punjab consists of multiple tiers, including union councils, tehsil councils, and district councils. These elections aim to empower local communities and provide them with a voice in decision-making processes at the local level.

This election gives all citizens, regardless of wealth, a fair shot to be heard and participate in every step of the democratic process

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The revival of the system of local self-government seems like a pipe dream

The last local body polls in Punjab were held almost eight years ago in 2015, and local body polls increased in 2019 when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf came to power in the province. , and the function was disabled. This system has been in use for four years.

Since then, local elections have been delimited four times, with the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recently announcing that the elections will be held in April. But there is absolutely no hope for those former representatives or candidates who want to contest for the post. In this regard, the former Chairman of Narowal District Council Ahmad Iqbal expressed doubts about the announcement of ECP, but expressed his anger over the excessive delay in holding local elections. "In the last 10 years, 5 local government laws have been made, but only one election has been held," he said, adding that it was done on the basis of a court order.

Iqbal said that just as the Supreme Court ordered the immediate elections of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, the same can happen in the local body elections. Imran Saeed of Lahore 34th Party, who agrees with Iqbal and wants to contest the election of UC Vice Chairman, said that if the Supreme Court does not interfere, it is the fundamental right of the people in the elections. Local level representatives. According to Tariq Bajwa, a former moderator from UC-68, being deprived of representation in the third tier of government means that people will turn to the federal and state governments for all their problems, which means you have to turn to them. . - Posted on : 08-March-2023

1st stage of LB elections in Punjabs 17 districts will be on 29 May

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday announced the holding of the first phase of local body elections in Punjab and said that electoral exercises in 17 districts would be held on May 29.
According to the ECP, the meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja decided that in the first stage the local body elections would be held in 17 Punjab districts on 29 May and in the first stage the local body elections would be held in Dera Ghazi Khan. Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Khanewal, Vehari and Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Toba Tek Singh, Khushab, Sialkot, Gujarat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Jhelum and Attock.
There is speculation that the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will face a tough challenge from its main political rival in the province. Several other parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party and Tehreek-e-Lubaik Pakistan may also oppose it in some constituencies.
However, there are indications in the media that the PTI may seek support from the TLP on a give and take basis in some constituencies. According to the ECP schedule issued on 27 December 2021, the delimitation committee made a preliminary list of constituencies for local body elections in all 36 commission offices in the province, including neighborhood and village councils. Details are also included.
The delimitation committee has defined the boundaries of Mohalla and Village Councils under the 2017 Election Law and the 2021 Punjab Regional Government Ordinance, according to which at least 2544 Neighborhood Councils and 3128 Village Councils have been formed. - Posted on : 04-May-2022

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1st phase of LB elections in Punjabs 17 districts will be on 29 May.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday announced the holding of the first phase of local body elections in Punjab and said that electoral exercises in 17 districts would be held on May 29.
According to the ECP, the meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja decided that in the first stage the local body elections would be held in 17 Punjab districts on 29 May and in the first stage the local body elections would be held in Dera Ghazi Khan. Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Khanewal, Vehari and Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Toba Tek Singh, Khushab, Sialkot, Gujarat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Jhelum and Attock.

There is speculation that the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will face a tough challenge from its main political rival in the province. Several other parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party and Tehreek-e-Lubaik Pakistan may also oppose it in some constituencies.

However, there are indications in the media that the PTI may seek support from the TLP on a give and take basis in some constituencies. According to the ECP schedule issued on 27 December 2021, the delimitation committee made a preliminary list of constituencies for local body elections in all 36 commission offices in the province, including neighborhood and village councils. Details are also included.

The delimitation committee has defined the boundaries of Mohalla and Village Councils under the 2017 Election Law and the 2021 Punjab Regional Government Ordinance, according to which at least 2544 Neighborhood Councils and 3128 Village Councils have been formed. - Posted on : 17-February-2022

پنجاب میں بلدیاتی انتخابات 15 مئی کو ہوں گے۔

بدھ کو ایک بیان میں، پنجاب کے وزیر بلدیات میاں محمود الرشید نے اس فیصلے کا اعلان کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ایل جی انتخابات کے انتظامات کو حتمی شکل دینے کے لیے ایک خصوصی پلان تشکیل دیا گیا ہے، جو دو مرحلوں میں کرائے جائیں گے۔

انہوں نے نوٹ کیا کہ ایل جی قانون کی شق کے مطابق براہ راست انتخابات سے بدعنوانی کا خاتمہ ہوگا اور مقامی حکومتیں مضبوط ہوں گی۔

وزیر نے ایک عام طرز کی طرف اشارہ کیا جس میں ہر الیکشن کے بعد لوکل گورنمنٹ کے وارڈز کی تشکیل نو اور ختم کر دی جاتی تھی اور کہا کہ یہ افسوسناک ہے کہ وارڈز کے ساتھ بار بار "چھوٹی" نے ایل جی سسٹم کو کمزور کر دیا ہے۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم اس بات کو یقینی بنانے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں کہ کم از کم 25 سال تک حلقوں میں کوئی تبدیلی نہ کی جائے۔

ماضی میں کسی حکومت نے بلدیاتی اداروں کو صحیح طریقے سے کام کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دی لیکن ہم ایک آزاد بلدیاتی نظام دینے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں۔

وفاقی وزیر نے مزید کہا کہ ارکان اسمبلی کا کام قانون سازی کرنا ہے لیکن وہ بلدیاتی نمائندوں کا کام کر رہے ہیں۔

AGP پڑھیں، CEC انتخابات سے متعلق قانونی مسائل پر غور کریں۔

گزشتہ سال دسمبر میں، حکمران جماعت کو خیبرپختونخوا کے مقامی حکومتوں کے انتخابات کے پہلے مرحلے میں چونکا دینے والے دھچکے کا سامنا کرنا پڑا تھا اور اپوزیشن جماعتوں کے امیدوار اپنے امیدواروں کو شکست دینے میں کامیاب ہو گئے تھے۔

حکمران جماعت کے گڑھ میں انتخابی سرزنش سے ہوشیار ہوتے ہوئے وزیراعظم عمران خان نے بعد میں پنجاب حکومت کو صوبے میں بلدیاتی انتخابات کے انعقاد کے لیے اپنا ہوم ورک فوری طور پر مکمل کرنے کی ہدایت کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ وہ خود اس کی حکمت عملی کی نگرانی کریں گے۔

وزیراعظم عمران خان نے کہا کہ کارکنوں اور مقامی رہنماؤں کو اعتماد میں لے کر امیدواروں کا انتخاب کیا جائے اور پی ٹی آئی کارکنوں اور عوام کے تمام تحفظات دور کیے جائیں۔

ایک دن بعد جب ان کی پارٹی نے صوبے میں کئی نشستیں کھو دیں اور ایسی صورتحال پیدا کی جہاں اسے کچھ روح کی تلاش کرنے کی ضرورت تھی، وزیر اعظم نے ایک ٹویٹ میں اعتراف کیا تھا کہ پی ٹی آئی نے ایل جی کے انتخابات میں غلطیاں کی ہیں اور اس کا الزام ان پر لگایا۔ غلط امیدواروں کا انتخاب۔" - Posted on : 21-January-2022

Top court restores Punjab local governments

The Supreme Court on Thursday restored Punjab’s local governments, which were dissolved by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led provincial government on May 4, 2019, years ahead of their prescribed term – January 1, 2022.

"For reasons to be recorded separately, constitution petition No 48 of 2019 is allowed and Section 3 of the Punjab Local Government Act, 2019 is declared to be ultra vires of the Constitution and the local governments as were existing in the province of

Punjab prior to promulgation of the said section stand restored and it shall complete its term in accordance with law," the short order announced by a three-judge bench says.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sayyed Mazahar

Ali Akbar Naqvi, announced the order, while hearing a petition challenging the Punjab LG Act, 2019. - Posted on : 26-March-2021

ECP begins preparations for local body elections

Pakistans Election Commission (ECP) has announced the start of preparations for elections to local bodies across the country.

In this sense, the ECP has published a calendar for the delimitation of the competences of local governments.

According to a notification, the Pakistan Election Commission has set up committees for the delimitation of local government jurisdictions in the Punjab.

In a notification, the PCE ordered the provincial electoral commission to complete the demarcation of electoral constituencies in 36 districts of Punjab within four months.

The delimitation of constituencies will be completed from July 6 to October 13, read the notice. - Posted on : 31-July-2020

LB Elections in Punjab possible by 2020 end

The briefing about the local government system was given to the prime minister at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Lahore.
During the meeting, the prime minister directed that arrangements be made for holding elections to activate the system of local bodies as soon as possible so that the problems of the people could be solved at their doorstep through local governments.

The prime minister was informed that all administrative and legal arrangements were being made diligently. He was told that village panchayat elections and local body elections will be held on time.

It was told in the meeting that the Provincial Election Commission will complete the delimitation process within 60 days from next month, and afterward, the elections can be organized at village and panchayat level.

It was further told that those elections would last for 45 days.

The prime minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of preparation as per administrative and legal requirements with regard to local bodies. - Posted on : 26-July-2020

ECP Releases Schedule For Local Body Elections In Punjab

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has released the schedule for local body elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Thursday.

According to the details garnered, constituencies in 36 districts of Punjab will begin from the next month. The neighborhood and Village Council constituencies will be demarcated by the ECP.
However, the maps will be obtained from July 6 to July 25. The committees will prepare preliminary lists of constituencies by August 20 and release them by August 21.

The committees will prepare a preliminary list of constituencies by August 20.

Earlier, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan directed Punjab government to complete preparations for local body elections, said the sources. The prime minister gave the task to Punjab government for task of holding local body elections at the village council level.

“Prime minister says the elections at the gross root level are the solutions of people’s problem,” PM Khan said during the meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. He also directed to announce election after preparations of village council elections.

The sources further said that the Prime Minister supported CM Bazdar, saying, it was only negative propaganda that Usman Bazdar was not empowered. “The chief secretary and IG Punjab are new but work as team of the Punjab chief minister,” he added. - Posted on : 26-June-2020

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