MULTAN – Provincial Election Commissioner (PEC) Ghulam Israr Khan said on Saturday that all preparations for the Local Body (LB) elections have been finalized as polls are likely in April next year.
PEC Ghulam Israr Khan expressed these views during an interview with media representatives at the office of the District Election Commission. He said that the terms of representatives of the current local bodies would end by December 31 of this year and that, according to the rules, re-elections could be conducted within 120 days. He said the ECP was awaiting the draft law on elections for local government bodies in Punjab, which would be approved by the provincial assembly and the delimitation process would be launched shortly thereafter.
The PEC said the holding of elections in one or more phases would be decided in consultation with the government of Punjab. When asked about the 2018 general election, PEC Israr Khan said the elections were transparent and all statements in this regard were baseless.
He said election commission staff went door to door to ensure an error-free voters list. He called on all stakeholders, including parliamentarians, election candidates and other political representatives, to play their role in the verification of voters lists and to cooperate with the staff of the PCE.
Ghulam Israr Khan said that the terms of the current representatives of local bodies will end on December 31 of this year and that according to the rules re-elections could take place within 120 days.
Responding to another question on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), he said that ECP had formed committees to review the EVM and added that work on the EVM and RTS was ongoing.
He said the next 2023 general election will be held in the best possible way under the leadership of the Commissioner General of Elections.
Regarding the NA-133 Lahore and PP-206 Khanewal by-elections, Ghulam Israr Khan said all arrangements have been finalized. He said the final voters lists for the general election would be drawn up by April 2022.
District Election Commissioner Muhammad Saleem Akhtar Khan said complaints cells had been set up in four district election commission offices in Multan Division and voters could turn to them for any complaints.
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issued to more than a million registrants
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Provincial Minister of Labor and Human Resources Ansar Majeed Khan announced that social security cards would be issued to more than one million registered industrial workers. The minister expressed the views during a reception ceremony in his honor by Pakistan union wing Tehreek Insaf (PTI) South Punjab here on Saturday.
He said social security cards had been issued to 640,000 industrial workers so far and added that the Punjab government has also increased workers’ marriage and death benefits. Ansar informed that the marriage allowance for social workers has been increased to Rs 1 million from eight lakes and the death allowance to six lakes from five lakes. Likewise, 100 motorcycles would be provided to industrial workers each year, the minister added.
The provincial minister said that fair-price stores would be set up in industrial organizations where more than 100 workers worked, and ten percent concessions would be available on commodities in these fair-priced stores. Ansar Majeed Khan said the contribution recovered from the Employees’ Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) would be spent only on the Punjab workforce. President of the Labor wing of PTI South Punjab Rana Masood Khan, Secretary General Abid Hussain and District President Chuadhary Ilyas also spoke. On this occasion, representatives of the union wing of the PTI South Punjab from 11 districts were present.