Election of mayor under SPLGO... By M. Khan
16 November, 2012
Throughout the world, the election of mayors are generally held directly but in the newly controversial SPLGO-2012 passed by the Sindh Assembly, they would be held indirectly. Paradoxically, to remove him from his office a vote of no confidence establishing a two-thirds majority is mandatory. And in case the vote of no confidence fails, those who initiated the move would lose their positions in the government.
Let me explain this with an example from the National Assembly. If the said law is made applicable to the prime minister and a no-confidence resolution fails against him, the members of the National Assembly who moved such a resolution would lose their membership of the House. This does not happen anywhere in the world. Only this one example is sufficient to prove how controversial is the SPLGO-2012. In a recently held congress of writers and intellectuals in Hyderabad, more than 350 writers condemned this black law as undemocratic in the presence of the Sindh Assembly Speaker, Nisar Khuhro. I appeal to the PPP government to withdraw this law immediately and restore the old system and if required amendments can be made in the later system through a dialogue in the Assembly.
MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL