KP govt to hold LB election in first week of June

Peshawar: Senior minister for Local Government Inayat Ullah Khan has said Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has finally succeeded to get dates for local bodies election which will in real sense devolve powers to gross root level.

He ensured that schedule for local government polls will be announced in April and election would be held in first week of June.

He said that this is for the first time that democratic government would held Local Government election as in 2005 a dictator was ruling the country.

He said that JI and PTI both had promised in their manifesto that LG elections would be conducted for which working group was formed soon after both the parties formed government in KP.

Minister said delay in delimitation process in Punjab and Sindh caused delay in local government elections in KP adding KP government had requested time and again to Chief Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold the election through biometric system in KP..

Similarly, he informed that he along with Chief Minister KP Parvez Khattak met with ECP chief and convinced him for biometric system election but in current circumstances ECP did not agree even to hold election with biometric system in a particular village council.

While sharing the data, the local government minister said, total 3179 seats including 1546 district council seats and 1637 tehsil council seats would be elected. “General seats for district council is 1017 and reserve seats are 529 while total 1637 including 1017 general seats and 616 reserve seats in tehsil council would be elected”, he informed.

Inayat further said that there would be total 3501 councils consist of 2997 village councils and 504 neighbourhood councils

However, total reserved seats are 17505 including 14990 for village councils and 2520 for neighbourhood. He informed that total registered voters are 12.5 million while 13 thousands polling stations would be use and 90.1 million ballot papers would be needed.

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