LAHORE: In order to hold local government election process within the scheduled time, the Election Commission of Pakistan has finalised the programme to train its returning officers and other staffers from December 21.
The ECP has already announced the local government elections on January 30, 2014 in Punjab on the directions of the Supreme Court and also issued the schedule for the election process for candidates on Dec 9, 2013.
Local government elections would be held in Punjab on party-basis and the candidates for all 13 seats at union council level including chairman, vice chairman, six general seats, two women seats, one labour or farmer seat, one youth seat and one minority seat would be elected through direct elections in their respective constituency.
In this connection, the Punjab Government has already passed the local government act including some amendments despite serious reservations raised by the opposition parties in last session of the provincial assembly.
For conducting the local government elections 2014 in a free, fair and transparent manner, the training of the district returning officers and returning officers is going to be held from December 21 to December 29.
According to the Punjab Election Commission of Pakistan, the training programme of DROs and the ROs would be held in all nine Divisions of Punjab, catering 36 districts. In these programmes, 36 DROs and 691 ROs would participate and as many as 21 training sessions would be conducted.
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