According to the sources, The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) have reached an agreement over new local bodies setup in the province with 2 of them agreeing to 11 metropolitan corporations.
As per details, a metropolitan corporation will comprise of 9 divisional headquarters, “Gujrat and Sialkot have been added as the new metropolitan corporations after the talks,”
The sources said that the other 25 districts of the province will have district councils, The metropolitan corporation will be led by the lord mayor while district councils will be headed by the district mayor.
The sources further added that “There will be neighbourhood and village councils at the lowest tier of the local bodies system,” added that the lowest tier would not have tehsil councils, municipal councils, municipal committees and town committees.
It must be noted that before this, it was reported that a deadlock has emerged between the Punjab government led by PTI and its coalition partner in the province, PML-Q over use of electronic voting machines (EVM) during the local bodies polls.
The reports of the disagreements have been confirmed by PML-Q’s Tariq Bashir Cheema and The SACM on Information Hasaan Khawar.
He said while rejecting that EVM could be used for holding local bodies elections in the province that “We are not ready to accept a local bodies system planned by the Punjab government and Prime Minister Imran Khan should intervene to get the matter sorted out,”
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