Sindh Local Government Ordinance 2012 likely today

The government is expected to issue Sindh Local Government Ordinance (SLGO) 2012 today as coalition partners in Sindh, with President Asif Ali Zardari providing the spur, have struck a deal over the new local bodies system after the lapse of four and half years.

City district governments will be established in five cities including Karachi and Hyderabad, according to new ordinance.

It should be mentioned here that a delegation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) yesterday called on President Zardari at Bilawal House. This meeting led to deliberations by the leaders of the two parties to finalize the draft of local government system.

Following three-hour discussion, the Muttahida’s convoy reached Governor House, and was later joined by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with the party leaders to burst into over two-hour long negotiations over the issue.

Marathon dialogues entered into further deliberations by the PPP leaders at Chief Minister House, while, the MQM leaders stayed back at Governor House and completed their consultations, ending up with a consensus over the draft of new local bodies system, which will be put in force through an ordinance–Sindh Local Government Ordinance (SLGO) 2012.

Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan and CM Shah will announce the promulgation of the new ordinance at a news conference.

The sources told SAMAA the new local bodies system will be different from the ones in 1979 and 2001. The new ordinance envisions the restoration of 18 towns in Karachi and establishment of city district governments in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas and Larkana to be managed by mayors and deputy mayors in place of nazims and naib nazims. –


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