Lahore: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday has expressed dissatisfaction over Local Government Amendment Ordinance 2021.
During the hearing, the court has declared some of the sections in the ordinance as unconstitutional and summoned Attorney General and Advocate General in next hearing.
The court has also sought implementation report and adjourned the hearing till December 23.
Earlier, Punjab Cabinet had approved the revised draft law of new local body system.
According to the approved draft law, local body elections in Punjab will be held on party basis. The people will elect metropolitan mayors and district mayors directly.
There will be 11 metropolitan companies in the province. In addition to the 9 regional headquarters, Gujarat and Sialkot will have the status of metropolitan companies.
There will be only Metropolitan Corporation in Lahore, the rest of the divisional headquarters, Sialkot and Gujrat will have a system of metropolitan and district councils.
The remaining 25 districts of Punjab will have only district councils, village councils at the village level and neighborhood councils in urban areas.
The system of Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees and Town Committees has been abolished from the urban areas of 25 districts of the province.
The system that was in place for decades in urban areas has been abolished by the new draft law with only the system of district councils for all rural and urban areas.