Local body polls: PTI failed to conduct grassroots election

Published: September 30, 2013
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PTI chairman addressing a rally. PHOTO: QASIM USMAN/FILE

PTI chairman addressing a rally. PHOTO: QASIM USMAN/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) failed to conduct local bodies elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) within the promised timeframe of 90 days, the party has put itself in an odd situation.

PTI exercises its role as the main opposition party in Punjab where PTI leaders are opposing Punjab’s proposed draft bill suggesting local government elections on non-political basis at the union council, town and district levels. But in K-P, the party has proposed a draft bill for the local government system in consultation with its coalition partners, the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) on the same pattern as Punjab.

PTI Punjab President Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said, “We will not let Punjab government pass this ‘objectionable’ bill, and will resist holding elections on non-party basis.”

MNA Mian Shahid Latif of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said that PTI should first take care of its affairs in the K-P province which is following the Punjab pattern on this issue.

However, Punjab PTI’s Ijaz Chaudhry has contradicted this stance and said that his party was introducing the concept of village council and elections would be held on a three-tier bais for the first time.

Responding to a question, Chaudhry admitted that PTI’s coalition partner, JI wanted elections on non-party basis at the union council level.

He further said that there is a serious difference on this point and the PTI stance is still the same that elections should be held on party basis at all levels.

Ijaz Chaudhry said that the draft bill is not final yet. However, the K-P minister for local government told The Express Tribune that the decision was taken in consensus to hold election at union council level on non-political basis.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has sought written explanation from the federal and provincial governments on why the local bodies election had not been held by the deadline of September 15.

The Punjab province has given the date of election as December 4. However, the K-P government has to explain why these elections were delayed in violation of several constitutional provisions, and despite repeated reminders from the Supreme Court.

PTI and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have expressed their concern over a proposed bill that was prepared under the supervision of Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to introduce local government system in the federal capital, Islamabad. The federal cabinet formed a committee in the supervision of interior minister, comprising Khawaja Zaheer Ahmad former Deputy Islamabad to look into this bill.

So far, in all the four provinces, and Islamabad, no consultation was made with citizens before introducing local government system.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • ironMan!
    Sep 30, 2013 - 10:33AM

    Lol its great that PTI has come to power – KPK has never got this much attention on front pages of any newspaper. Thank You Khan!
    Haven’t seen any news from Punjab for quite some while now.

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  • Rambo
    Sep 30, 2013 - 10:44AM

    Ah….caught you. Misreporting at its best. PTI never said 90 days for local bodies elections. It said 90 days to eliminate top level corruption. Have the other parties conducted the Elections? Other provinces are not facing blasts. Then why not criticize them. God only knows what is your real agenda.Recommend

  • Omar
    Sep 30, 2013 - 10:51AM

    Look at the situation in KPK and ET wants local body elections ?. This show IK sincerity towards people of KPK.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 30, 2013 - 11:05AM

    no provincial government have held intra party elections so why blame PTI and another thing is that ECP have stated that its unable to conduct local bodies elections this year.

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  • If you don't mind
    Sep 30, 2013 - 11:19AM

    Every time i ponder over parting my ways with PTI ET always stops me to do so by its biased reporting..! hope my comment will get published..!

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  • Sami
    Sep 30, 2013 - 11:27AM

    ET, do you anything else to do except bashing PTI?

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  • Professor
    Sep 30, 2013 - 11:42AM

    PTI is all talk. All you hear from their leaders is excuses. They must realize now that talk is cheap. Walking the talk is the real trick.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 30, 2013 - 1:59PM

    no provincial government in country have held intra party elections so why only blame PTI and another thing is that ECP have stated that its unable to conduct local bodies elections this year.

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  • Khan Gul
    Sep 30, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Wow. … I found 8 PTI trolls on this page, shamelessly defending PTI’s bad policies and ridiculing ET’s supposed biasedness. Please trolls, shed some crocodile tears on the pages mentioning the death and suffering that your party is DIRECTLY promoting.

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  • Omer
    Sep 30, 2013 - 3:48PM

    @Khan Gul:
    People like you need to be kicked, who do politics on dead bodies. SHAME ON YOU

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  • Hasan Tasleem
    Sep 30, 2013 - 5:44PM

    Power; isn’t that the basis of Imran Khan’s party. A party formed by bunch of power hungry monks (aka Lota’s). They are enjoying their powers, why would they even bother empowering the powerless. So what if hundred or thousands die?

    Whenever ET is critical of Khan; PTI supporters term it as mis-reporting. Absolutely Hysterical. Please OPEN you eyes and step into REALITY.

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  • Rocketeer
    Sep 30, 2013 - 6:22PM

    @Khan Gul:
    Gul khana. We are not trolls, but actual supporters of truth. And we will not allow people like u to succeed in you wrong activities.

    Hum hai Insaf pasand. Hum hain Insafian!Recommend

  • Abbas
    Sep 30, 2013 - 7:33PM

    I thought ET was different than the rest. However after this article I have no doubt that ET is extremely bias and works on a specific agenda.

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  • Sajida
    Sep 30, 2013 - 8:41PM

    Nonpartisan elections allow for more candidates to run within parties. In US nonpartisan elections norm in local governance despite 2 party system.

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