LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly’s special committee on local government on Monday presented its report in the House, suggesting several changes in the draft law.
The committee recommended non-party-based local elections in its report, besides making a provision for inclusion of three non-technocrat and two youth members in municipal corporations. The body recommended reduction in the number of worker members in a corporation from 10 to five. It also enhanced lower age limit from the proposed 21 to 25 years for the elected members of local councils.
According to another amendment suggested by the committee, a motion of no-confidence should not be moved against mayors, deputy mayors, chairmen and vice chairmen, before expiry of one year of his assumption of office.
In the draft bill, a six-month period was proposed for the purpose. Similarly, the period between one no-confidence motion (which fails) and a second one against a mayor and other high offices was enhanced from six to one year. Over sixty other changes of insignificant nature were also proposed by the said committee. The House would start debate on the proposed changes from Wednesday (tomorrow). The opposition had earlier boycotted meetings of the committee.
Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah told the House on Monday that the opposition would be given an opportunity to include its recommendations in the proposed bill when the House resumed debate on the bill.