The provincial government has formed a delimitation authority for the purpose of demarcating village and neighbourhood councils, and wards for the local government (LG) elections. District delimitation officers and appellate authorities have also been appointed.
Two separate notifications in this regard were issued by the Local Government Department on Monday. According to the notification, LG Elections & Rural Development Department secretary will be the chairperson of the delimitation authority, while Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights secretary, LG and Rural Development director general and director land records from the Board of Revenue are its members.
The notification further states the authority was set up under Section 10 of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Local Government Act 2013 to oversee the delimitation process, wherein about 50,000 village and neighbourhood councils are to be set up for the local bodies polls scheduled for March-April.
Following its formation, the authority notified district delimitation officers and appellate authorities for all districts and divisions.
The handout states deputy commissioners of Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera have been appointed as delimitation officers while the commissioner of Peshawar has been appointed divisional appellate authority.
Similarly, deputy commissioners for Kohat, Karak and Hangu have been made delimitation officers, while Kohat commissioner will be the divisional appellate authority.
Bannu commissioner has been designated appellate authority for the districts of Bannu and Lakki Marwat, Mardan commissioner for Mardan and Swabi districts, DI Khan commissioner for DI Khan and Tank, Hazara commissioner for Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Torghar, Battagram and Kohistan districts, and Malakand commissioner is the appellate authority for Chitral, Upper and Lower Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, and Malakand districts.
The ongoing delimitation process is supposed to be concluded in K-P by January 15.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2013.
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