ISLAMABAD: The first phase of Local Body Elections in Punjab will be held in May. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed the provincial government to take all the measures as soon as possible.
A meeting on local body elections in Punjab was held under the chairmanship of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja. Punjab Local Government Secretary, Election Commission Secretary and ECP members attended the meeting.
Chief Secretary Punjab has not been able to attend the meeting due to his busy schedule. The matter of conversion of Local Bodies Ordinance into Local Bodies Act was discussed in the meeting. It was also discussed to carry out the local body elections in Punjab in phases.
According to sources, the first phase of the local body elections in Punjab will be held in May. ECP had asked the Punjab government to state the number of phases of local body elections and in which districts first local body elections will be held. In response the Punjab government has assured to provide all the details soon.
The ECP has instructed the Punjab government to take all measures as soon as possible. A timetable will be released shortly after the demarcation is announced on March 22.