A provincial lawmaker of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Monday termed the recent amendments to Sindh Local Government Act 2013 “illegal”, saying the Sindh government would be responsible in case the local bodies’ election was delayed.
Speaking at a press conference at the Sindh Assembly building after the meeting of MQM parliamentary members, opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, Syed Faisal Ali Sabzwari welcomed the Sindh High Court’s verdict on local bodies polls and urged the Sindh government to implement the decision on the local bodies law and ensure holding of elections on the scheduled date of January 18. He said that the MQM was prepared for local bodies’ election.
“The Sindh government’s fresh amendments to local bodies act hampered the holding of LB polls in the province,” he said adding that “the Sindh government will be responsible if the polls are delayed”. Flanked by other provincial legislators of MQM, Sabzwari blamed the Sindh government for carrying out intentional amendments to the Sindh Local Government Act, despite knowing that Sindh High Court would call these changes null and void.
“We demand holding of LB polls timely in the light of the SHC decision,” he said, adding that nomination papers should again be submitted and the candidates should also be given ample time to run their campaigns. He said that MQM would continue pressing the Sindh government for holding immediate polls, as the citizens should be given their right to form grass roots local governments to solve their problems.
Sabzwari demanded of the government to issue a notification on delimitation of constituencies according to the Sindh High Court’s decision, besides providing an opportunity to the aspiring candidates to resubmit their nomination papers. “If the delimitation of constituencies carried out during 2011 is not acceptable then delimitation should be drawn on fresh census,” he suggested, saying the government should complete the census with a view to making resource allocation possible on the basis of population. He also pointed out a number of other issues. MQM’s lawmaker Syed Sardar Ahmed alleged that the PPP had carried out delimitation of constituencies to please its cronies and party members. “The formation of constituencies is inept, as in some the number of voters is 50,000 while in others it is 15,000,” he added.