KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) has said it will challenge the recent amendment to the Sindh Local Government Act, 2013 which bars independent candidates from proposing candidates for reserved seats.
Addressing a press conference at the party’s Sindh Assembly office, PML-F leader Mohammad Sheharyar Khan Mahar blamed the provincial government and Election Commission of Pakistan for depriving over 600 independent candidates from casting their votes in the election of minority, women, youth, labours and peasant seats that will be held this month.
According to Mahar, the PML-F will challenge the amendment to section 18-A of the law, passed by the Sindh Assembly recently. He said reviving section 18-A without the requisite amendment is a violation of Supreme Court orders.
He explained that with the amendment, a large number of independent candidates who have not yet joined any party cannot propose candidates, which he termed a mala fide intention of the provincial government.
According to him, town committees and union councils with only independent candidates will be deprived of women, minority, youth, labour and peasants seats as according to section 18-A, independent candidates cannot contest and file names of reserved seats candidates.
He also said that all transfers and postings in the provincial government must cease and those who have been posted after May 31, 2015 must revert, according to the Supreme Court orders.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2016.
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