KARACHI: Speakers at a workshop on Thursday demanded that local government elections should be held as soon as possible. “Federal and Sindh governments are just making lame excuses towards delay in LG elections,” they said while addressing the workshop on the theme of “Local government: pitfalls and prospects” organized by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) at a local hotel here. The speakers included IA Rehman Secretary General HRCP, MQM MPA Heer Sohu, Hassan Nasir and Muqtada Mansoor.
The workshop was told that creating new provinces is not the solution to the issues, however, the local government is an alternative solution to those issues as it provides locals the representation and governance. “At the same time, the people who have recently migrated internally from one province to another should not be allowed for contesting election as this will deprive locals of their right.”
It was also demanded that representation of women, laborers and minorities should be increased in national and provincial assemblies as well as in local governments.
“The present government does not seem to be serious in holding local government election in Sindh, the workshop was told.
It was said that the Sindh Local Government Act (SLGA) 2013 does not define the electoral system for local government bodies, leaving uncertainty that how the candidates for Union Councils, Union Committees, Municipal Committees and Town Committees would be elected.
The SLGA gives the government overly broad power to change the number of members of any elected body which is unfair and should be deliberated, the workshop was told.