President Arif Alvi replied without signing the Islamabad LG (Amendment) Bill
ISLAMABAD (AP) – President Dr. Arif Alvi has returned the unsigned Islamabad Capital City Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2022 under Article 75 Clause (1) (b) of the Constitution.
The law was withdrawn on the grounds that it would further delay local government elections. In a press briefing on Sunday, the Presidential Secretariat Press Wing quoted the President as saying, “The hasty action of the Federal Government has delayed the electoral process twice; This was not suitable for democracy,” he said.
He further said, “The elections in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) could not be held due to the following misdeeds of the Federal Government:-
i) Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced Local Government Elections in ICT on 31st July 2022 after the completion of 50 union assembly constituencies. The federal government has increased the number of union councils from 50 to 101 even as the election date is announced. Postponement of elections.
ii) After 101 union councils polled, ECP decided to hold elections in ICT on 31st December 2022. Section 2 of the present Act provides for 125 Union Councils in ICT. Therefore, elections scheduled for 31 December 2022 have been postponed again.
iii) As per Section 3 of the present Bill, the status of election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor has been changed after notification of election schedule.