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PA adopts Punjab Local Govt (Amendment) Bill
| Updated at: 1639 PST, Thursday, October 21, 2010|
LAHORE: Punjab Assembly Thursday passed the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill with majority while all the amendment notices by the opposition were rejected.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan moved the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2010 as recommended by Standing Committee on Local Government and Rural Development in the house with Deputy Speaker Rana Mashud Ahmed Khan in the chair.
The PA had referred the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2010 to the Standing Committee on Local Government and rural Development on October 6, 2010 with MPA Tahir Ahmed Sandhu as its chairman.
The PA session started some 40 minutes behind its scheduled time.
Some five amendments have been introduced in the bill to further amend the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001.
As per the amended Bill the words “Election Authority” have been substituted by the words “Election Commission”, while section 150 in Ordinance XIII of 2001 has been amended by virtue of which the Election Commission shall conduct the local government elections.
Under the fourth amendment in the section 179-A (sub-section 6) of Ordinance XIII of 2001, the time period for holding of elections has been increased from one hundred eighty days to three hundred and sixty five days.
It reads: ‘As soon as may be but not later than three hundred and sixty five days the Government shall notify a date for holding of elections of the local governments to the election Commission’.
The Law Minister, in response to a point of order by the Opposition MPA Dr Samia Amjad, said that the increase to three hundred and sixty five days does not mean that the Local government elections would be announced after a year adding that the Local Bodies elections would be announced by the government as early as possible.
The chair adjourned the PA session for Friday till 0900 hours.