LAHORE - The government of Punjab has formally asked the Election Commission of Pakistan for holding local government elections in the first week of December next, preferably on December 7.
According to sources in the government, the provincial government has written to the Election Commission for announcing any date for LG election in Punjab in the first week of December although under the directions of the Supreme Court all provinces are required to hold the LB polls by the last week of November.
Sources say the Punjab government has also intimated the EC in black white about the preparations completed for the LB polls before asking for the election date.
For the local governments, the Punjab government has evolved the setup comprising one metropolitan corporation, 10 municipal corporations, 35 city councils and 181 municipal committees besides district and union councils.
The government has also completed the delimitation of the new constituencies which would be notified soon.
Talking to the media, Provincial Minister for Law and Local Government Rana Sanaullah said that the provincial government was ready to hold the LB polls in December and the EC has been asked for any date for this purpose in the first week of the month. The minister said certain political parties did not want election in time and were creating hurdles but the Punjab government was determined to hold the same. He lamented that the Opposition did nothing positive, and filed petitions against the election and held press conferences. To a question, he ruled out any extension in the time of delimitations. It may be mentioned that the Opposition parties in Punjab have serious objections to the recently carried out delimitation of the constituencies as they alleged that Punjab government has done it in its own political interest without taking other parties on board.