Lahore - The Punjab chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has directed all the regional leaderships to send final lists of candidates for local bodies’ polls in cantonment boards by the first week of October. The regional party leaderships will ask their respective district bodies to select appropriate candidates for the LB elections to be held on November 3 and forward the lists to them.
The regional leaderships, after reviewing the lists, will send the same to the Punjab leadership for giving green signal to the final contenders.
A senior PTI leader told this correspondent on Sunday that the party’s regional chapters which include Central, South, North and West Punjab would oversee the process of candidates’ selection, however, they had no say in changing the candidates unless a district sent a list not approved by the entire district body. About the role of the provincial leadership, he said they would only review the cases against which they received complaints from a district or in case of the changes made by the regional leaderships after finding lack of consensus among the respective district’s office bearers.
He asserted the district leaderships concerned had a complete authority to select candidates for local government polls in cantonment boards or such elections in other parts of the country after November 3 this year.
The PTI Punjab leadership started marathon visits to various regions of the province this week. They also visited Sialkot and Gujranwala as part of their tour to Central Punjab while a meeting of the provincial leadership took place in Multan today (Sunday) with the district leadership, which was attended by the party’s Central President Javed Hashmi to accelerate activities for cantonment boards’ polls. A meeting of the party’s Central and West region leaderships concerning cantonment boards’ elections would be held on September 28 in the provincial capital to be chaired by Punjab President Ijaz Chaudhry. The provincial leadership would visit Rawalpindi next week to speed up the activities for the local bodies’ polls.