LHC moved against LG polls in Punjab on non-party basis
14 September, 2013
LAHORE: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Punjab has challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) the newly promulgated local bodies law in Punjab, especially its provision of holding non-party based election.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab President Ijaz Chaudhry and one Rizwan Gul had already filed petitions against non-party based polls. The fresh petition has been filed by counsel for PPP Punjab, Sardar Latif Khosa.
The petitioner has taken the plea that holding of local bodies polls on non-party basis is against the real spirit of constitution as parliamentary democratic system is in place in the country. He contended the national and provincial assemblies and the sitting government came into being through the polls held on party basis.
Therefore, holding local bodies' elections on non-party basis is a sheer breach of the constitution. "Such elections will fuel corruption in society," he pleaded.
Khosa also claimed that certain fundamental clauses of the local government act run contrary to the constitution. He prayed the court to nullify the decision of holding local bodies' election in the province on non-party basis.