The Sindh government has finalised the number of union councils in the province ahead of the delimitation process to be carried out by the election commission for local government (LG) elections.
According to the final draft shared by the local government department with Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday, the number of union councils in the Sindh stands at around 1,100. There will be 178 union committees in six districts of Karachi.
Parliamentary affairs minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro said that it was the Sindh government's prerogative to notify the union committees and pass them to the election commission to start the delimitation process before the LG polls.
Meanwhile, the acting provincial election commissioner, Tanveer Zaki, pointed out that they have yet to receive the final notification. The election commission cannot start redrawing the constituencies until the final notification is released, he said. "There are reports that the Sindh government has issued a notification of the final UCs but we have yet to receive it," he said.
At a meeting at Bilawal House on Tuesday, Zardari directed the PPP parliamentarians to start preparing for the local government elections. "We should win the upcoming LG polls and I am confident of that," he said.
After the meeting, Zardari asked the party officers to mobilise their voters in their constituencies to vote for the PPP in the LG polls, said the Bilawal House spokesperson. "Local bodies are nurseries of democracy and the PPP wants party-based polls throughout the country," the spokesperson quoted Zardari as saying.
List of UCs:
District Central 42
District Korangi 27
District West 35
District East 27
District South 29
District Malir 18
Source: Draft copy prepared by the LG dept
Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2015.